New York, Feb 4 (UNI) Circumcision among men conferred no indirect benefit to their female sexual partners, a new study has found.
Rubbishing previous claims about male circumcision reducing risk of infection from the AIDS virus in both the parners, the research warned that it rather increased the risk if the couples resumed sex before the circumcision wound was fully healed.
The findings did confirm the benefit of male circumcision in lowering the incidence of herpes and other genital ulcers among men, the New York times reported.
Recent studies had reported that male circumcision could reduce the risk of H I V infection between 50 and 60 per cent.
Male circumcision has taken new importance because of the failure to develop a vaccine to prevent AIDS. The success rates of male circumcision were high enough for many AIDS experts to call the procedure a virtual ''vaccine.'' The study reported that higher incidence was found among the couples who resumed sexual intercourse more than five days earlier than a trained health professional certified the circumcision wound had healed fully compared with the couples who resumed intercourse within five days of certified circumcision wound healing.
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