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Uncircumcised vs. Circumcised

Jul 30, 2001

Does having protected sex with an uncircumcised male pose a greater risk of contracting hiv as opposed to a circumcised male in instances where the condom breaks, tears, or slips?

Response from Mr. Kull

The fact that your partner is or is not circumcised does not have an effect on YOUR risk for infection. Nor does your partner's circumcision status affect the effectiveness of the condom (as long as he uses it correctly). Why would it? Circumcision does not change the fact that you may come into contact with semen or pre-ejaculate when you are having receptive sex (condoms will protect you from those fluids unless the condom breaks, tears, or slips off).

According to some research, circumcision may decrease a man's risk for HIV infection when compared to the risk of uncircumcised men. Certain cells in the foreskin of uncircumcised men may be prone to infection with HIV. See my response to "Circumcision Again" (


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