CDC proposes stronger endorsement of male circumcision

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7494
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Health providers should advise adolescents and adult men and the parents of male infants and boys that circumcision substantially reduces the risk of contracting several sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, herpes, and human papillomavirus, say new recommendations proposed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 2 December.1

Although the CDC tempers its proposed guidance by noting that the decision to undergo circumcision is “made in the context of not only health considerations, but also other social, cultural, ethical, and religious factors,” the statement is the CDC’s strongest endorsement of the procedure so far.

“Although data have been accumulating about infant male circumcision for many years,” the CDC officials wrote, “clinical trials …

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