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As Circumcision Rates Drop, Costs Increase: Study

August 21, 2012

As gaps in insurance coverage lead to fewer male babies being circumcised in the United States, related health costs could end up increasing by millions of dollars every year, a new study suggests. Using a model based on studies of the long-term health effects of circumcision, researchers predicted that the rate of urinary tract infections in male babies would more than double -- and the rate of HIV infections in men increase by 12 percent -- if only one in ten male newborns was circumcised nationwide. (Pittman, Reuters, 8/20)

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