Adult Circumcision: No Sex Woes Seen

Adult male circumcision doesn't hamper sexual satisfaction
or sexual function, a Ugandan study shows.

Previous studies have shown that circumcision may curb
men's risk of contracting HIV by half, and, if widely practiced in Africa,
might
prevent 3 million deaths over 20 years.

Now, in the new Ugandan study, few men -- circumcised or not -- reported
sexual problems. 

The study included more than 4,000 sexually experienced Ugandan men aged
15-49 who didn't have HIV.

After rating their sexual satisfaction and function, the men were split into
two groups. One group of men got circumcised immediately; the other group
didn't.

The men completed follow-up surveys six months, one year, and two years
after the study started.

Virtually all of the men in both groups -- at least 98% -- noted no problems
with their sexual satisfaction and sexual function in any of those interviews.
And six months after circumcision, almost 99% of men reported no difficulty
with vaginal penetration, compared to 98% among those men before
circumcision.

The researchers -- who included Godfrey Kigozi, MD, of the Rakai Health
Sciences Program in Entebbe, Uganda and Professor Ronald Gray, MD, of Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health -- report their findings in Sexual
Medicine
.


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By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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