Differences in appearance and sensation aren't the only things you should know about hooking up with an uncircumcised dude. The CDC announced this week that they're proposing new recommendations about elective circumcisions, suggesting that doctors counsel parents and male patients on the health benefits of circumcision, noting that research shows it reduces the risk of HIV, herpes, and HPV."For many years, we told people the only health benefit of circumcision was a decreased risk of urinary tract infection," says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine. "But we're finding that there are many other health benefits to making this choice."But, wait—does this mean that doing the deed with an uncircumcised man puts you at a higher risk for contracting an STI?RELATED: Do You Care If a Guy is Circumcised or Not?"To be exact, yes, if uncircumcised men are more likely to get infected with [an STD], then they'd be more likely to … [Read more...] about Does Having Sex with an Uncircumcised Guy Make You More Likely to Catch an STD?
Circumcision reduces risk of hiv
The day your wife gives birth to a baby boy, the kind, bespectacled face of Marvin L. Wang, M.D., is one that you want to see coming through the recovery-room door. Codirector of newborn nurseries at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Wang has a perky, conversational bedside manner that puts everyone at ease. I have to hustle to keep up with him as he strides energetically between hospital rooms. Right now he's congratulating a pair of new parents. Larry is standing on wobbly legs, looking both ecstatic and shell-shocked, while Joy sits serenely, holding their newborn son to her breast. Dr. Wang jokes with the new parents a bit and then says, "I understand you may want to have a circumcision for your baby." Larry and Joy don't answer immediately. At last Larry says, "Well...we don't know." Dr. Wang smiles. He's familiar with the befuddled expression on Larry's face. Circumcision, of course, is the surgical removal of the penile foreskin from the glans—the fleshy … [Read more...] about Should All Males Be Circumcised?
A town in the Phillipines held a mass circumcision in which at least 1,500 boys were circumcised for free as a rite of passage, according to the Guardian. In recent years, several studies have found that penile circumcision can reduce the risk of STIs and HIV transmission - though it cannot prevent it - which has led some health organizations to push for male circumcision in countries or communities with high HIV prevalence. Of course, HIV and STIs are transmitted as a result of sexual behavior - so it's not a man's foreskin that's at fault and, as such, I'm not a fan of having it removed. Foreskin is natural on a man, can be quite sexy, and some women say they can feel it move against their vaginal walls during vaginal intercourse, thus enhancing pleasure and possibly orgasm.It's a personal decision for families to make, or even for the boys to make themselves when they get older, and I think men and their bodies are fantastic, circumcised or not. But what do you think of this idea of … [Read more...] about Town Holds Mass-Circumcision in the Phillipines
Just like nail art and fedoras, circumcision is increasingly on the outs these days. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released a new batch of stats showing that only 58 percent of newborn boys in the U.S. were circumcised in 2010—down from a high of 65 percent in 1979. What’s behind the decline? Part of it may be attributable to the fact that medical groups such as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) no longer routinely recommend the procedure—which snips off the loose, retractable fold of skin hanging over the tip of the penis. Though the AAP acknowledges that the health benefits outweigh the risks, both organizations now take a neutral stance, leaving parents to decide if it’s right for them from a cultural, religious, and personal standpoint, says Alyssa Dweck, an ob-gyn in Mt. Kisco, New York, who performs circumcisions and is coauthor of V is for Vagina.Whether you’re … [Read more...] about Your Guide to Uncircumcised Guys
Ever consider getting snipped as an adult? Probably not—that sounds painful. Yet according to a new study from the University of Quebec, guys who got circumcised after age 35 had a 45 percent lower risk of prostate cancer versus those who kept their penises in tact. The association was strongest among African American men, who have the highest risk of prostate cancer in general.Related: How to Pleasure a Woman—the Men's Health Complete Guide to Becoming a Master LoverSurprisingly, circumcision doesn't hurt as much as you think, and is a regular outpatient procedure, says Men's Health's urology advisor, Larry Lipshultz, M.D., of Baylor College of Medicine. Still, that doesn’t mean you should get snipped now just to protect against prostate cancer. The researchers say they actually don’t know what made the men get surgery in the first place. However, it’s safe to assume that something was bothering the guys enough to send them to the doctor, … [Read more...] about Should You Get Circumcised?
You may think you know everything you need to know about STDs: Syphilis was a threat, like, 200 years ago, HPV is a woman thing, and HIV is really scary—but would never happen to you. Plus, you wear condoms like a good, responsible guy, so you have nothing to worry about, right? Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STDs. "Let me tell you, that is not the population I treat with STDs. My patients are doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, models, students, and athletes." Here's another fact: Condoms don't fully protect you against STDs that are spread from skin-to-skin contact, says Grimes. That makes you susceptible to herpes, syphilis, HPV, and pubic lice—not to mention the 11% annual fail rate of condoms. So what can you do? Second, refresh your facts to protect yourself: We dug up data on the most prevalent STDs and how to prevent them—without swearing off sex. CHANCROIDSymptoms: Within two weeks of exposure, a small bump appears that grows … [Read more...] about How To Lower Your STD Odds
Circumcision is an operation to remove a male's foreskin. It is one of the oldest and most common surgical procedures, often performed on infants, for religious, social, medical, and cultural reasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage male circumcision on the basis that it appears to reduce the risk of HIV infection. However, not all health authorities agree, and the recommendations remain somewhat controversial. According to the CDC, 58.3 percent of American newborns were circumcised in 2010. In the United Kingdom (U.K.), around 8.5 percent of males are circumcised. Circumcision involves the removal of the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the shroud of skin that can be gently pulled back to uncover the head of the penis. The surgery is relatively simple. The foreskin is freed from the head of the penis and, in a child, it is clipped off, in a procedure taking 5 to 10 minutes in total. In adults, it is removed with a scalpel, and it takes around 1 … [Read more...] about Circumcision: Possible benefits, recovery, and risks
Circumcision significantly changes the micro-biome of the penis, possibly explaining why it offers protection against HIV and other viral infections. The research findings were published in the journal mBio, from the American Society for Microbiology, and analyzed the effects of adult male circumcision on the kinds of bacteria that exist under the foreskin before and following circumcision. One year after circumcision, the amount of bacteria in the foreskin area decreased greatly and the incidence of anaerobic bacteria - which live in areas without oxygen - were reduced, while the number of some aerobic bacteria increased moderately. "The change in the communities is really characterized by the loss of anaerobes. It's dramatic. From an ecological perspective, it's like rolling back a rock and seeing the ecosystem change. You remove the foreskin and you're increasing the amount of oxygen, decreasing the moisture - we're changing the ecosystem." Previous randomized trials … [Read more...] about Circumcision Reduces Risk For HIV By Altering Microbiome
Male circumcision benefits are greater than the risks, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) after carrying out a comprehensive review of available scientific evidence. However, the Academy emphasizes that it does not consider the benefits are enough to advise parents to have their newborn male babies circumcised; this should be a parental decision based on their cultural, ethical and religious beliefs. The AAP added that circumcision should be covered by insurance. This is a change in the AAPs stance of circumcision. The AAPs policy statement and technical report is published in the September issue of Pediatrics. These statements represent an update on the policies of 1999 and 2005. Over the last 24 months, a growing number of studies and reports have been published which show evidence of the benefits of male circumcision. In July 2012, the Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention said that voluntary medical male circumcision is one of the most effective weapons today … [Read more...] about Circumcision Benefits More Than Risks, AAP
Women with bacterial vaginosis are much more likely to transmit HIV to males than other females, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, reported in PLoS Medicine. The risk is three times greater, the authors added.Bacterial vaginosis (BV), also known as vaginal bacteriosis, is a condition in which the vagina's normal balance of naturally occurring microorganisms in the vaginal flora has changed, so that the 'good' bacteria are reduced and the harmful bacteria increase. About 50% of all females with bacterial vaginosis are asymptomatic - they have no symptoms. sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and have a higher risk of preterm delivery. HIV-positive women with bacterial vaginosis potentially have higher HIV levels, and their cervix and vagina may shed greater amounts of the virus. Lead author, Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF wrote: "Previous research has shown that bacterial … [Read more...] about HIV – Bacterial Vaginosis Linked To Greater Female-to-Male Transmission