Mitzie-Ann Davis, Ronald H. Gray, Mary K. Grabowski, David Serwadda, Godfrey Kigozi, Patti E. Gravitt, Fred Nalugoda, Stephen Watya, Maria J. Wawer, Thomas C. Quinn and Aaron A.R. Tobian Male circumcision decreases high-risk human papillomavirus viral load in female partners: A randomized trial in Rakai, Uganda International Journal of Cancer 133
Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ijc.28100
Infection with human papillomavirus is linked to cervical cancer. Previous studies have shown that women married to circumcised men have lower rates of cervical cancer, but whether or not this is related to lower HPV load has never been reported. In this study, the authors measured HPV infection in HIV-negative women with circumcised and uncircumcised male partners. They found that HPV viral load was indeed lower in women whose male partners had been circumcised.
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