Human Papillomavirus: Are Circumcised Men Safer?

circumcised, banana, circumcision, generic, 4x3
(istockphoto)


(CBS) Is sex with circumcised men safer?

While the debate not be settled everywhere, researchers working in Uganda have added an important piece to the puzzle, especially when it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV).

They found women had a 28 percent higher risk of being infected with HPV by men who weren't circumcised, according to Reuters.

That's important news, because HPV can lead to cervical and other types of cancer. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV, but it's important to know that most HPV infections don't do serious harm.  They can cause nasty looking warts or do nothing at all.

Still not something that you want to mess with.

The study appeared in the Lancet and was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Fogarty International Center.

The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App