Male Circumcision Does Not Reduce Sexual Satisfaction, Performance, Study Finds
January 9, 2008
Male circumcision does not reduce levels of sexual desire, satisfaction or performance, according to a study recently published in the British Journal of Urology International, BBC News reports. According to BBC News, the study's findings should eliminate reservations about using the procedure as a method of preventing the spread of HIV (BBC News, 1/7).
Gray said that the "study clearly shows that being circumcised did not have an adverse effect on the men who underwent the procedure when we compared them with the men who had not yet received surgery." He added, "Other studies already show that being able to reassure men that the procedure won't affect sexual satisfaction or performance makes them much more likely to be circumcised."
Some groups have warned against using circumcision as a primary HIV prevention method, BBC News reports. Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust, said, "There is a fear that people that have been circumcised will feel they are protected when they are not." She added, "Condoms remain the best way of preventing HIV through sexual intercourse." According to Jack, research into HIV transmission and circumcision has been "limited in its scope," and further research into new methods and vaccines still is needed (BBC News, 1/7). John Fitzpatrick of University College Dublin, who also serves as editor of BJU International, said, "We believe that these findings are very important as they can be used to support public health messages that promote circumcision as an effective way of reducing HIV transmission" (Blackwell release, 1/8).
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