What Are the Benefits?
1) Eliminated Risk of Foreskin Infections
– Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis. A similar condition, Balanoposthitis refers to inflammation of the head and the foreskin. Both cause swelling, rash, pain and foul-smelling discharge.
2) Eliminated Scarring of the Foreskin
– Phimosis is a condition involving a tight foreskin that cannot be completely pulled back. This makes cleaning under the skin and passing urine difficult.
3) Decreased Risk of Thrush & STDs
– The use of condoms is essential for good sexual health regardless of circumcision. It is worth noting however, that the risk of many STDs from HIV to genital warts is reduced by the genital hygiene effects of circumcision.
4) Decreased Risk of Cervical Cancer in Female Partners
– Because any infectious bacteria or viruses living under a foreskin is transferred into the female during sexual contact, circumcision reduces the transmission of diseases like Chlamydia and the associated HPV virus which causes cervical cancer.
5) Decreased Risk of HIV
– Reduce the risk of HIV by up to 60%. Recent rise in incidence of HIV infection among hetrosexual Australians has led to a call by some physicians for the reintroduction of routine circumcision in infants as a preventative measure.
6) Decreased risk of Penile Cancer
– Penile Cancer is a rare but serious disease which rarely occurs in circumcised males.
7) Decreased risk of Urinary Tract Infections
– Urinary tract infections are particularly dangerous in infancy and in 40% of cases can lead to kidney inflammation and disease.
8) Decreased risk of Prostate Cancer
– Prostate Cancer is a malignant tumour, and one of the most common types of cancer in men. It usually grows very slowly.