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The compelling reason to have a Brit Milah (Circumcision) is because we were commanded to do so by the Almighty; However, science and medicine tell us that there are many medical benefits to Brit Milah, as well.

Medical research from all over the world repeatedly demonstrates the protective effect of circumcision on the transmission rates common sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV (AIDS), as well as varied strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), to name just a few. Additionally, research has demonstrated repeatedly that circumcised men have a dramatically lower incidence of penile cancers, which, though rare in the western world, have very high mortality rates worldwide.

In fact, various different studies among different populations, worldwide have come repeatedly to a single conclusion: After ignoring or adjusting for all other factors, circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV or HPV by up to 60%. A similar protective effect is realized for many other diseases. In fact, numerous African nations, ravaged by the AIDS epidemic, have elected to include circumcision in their programs for fighting AIDS, alongside retroviral therapies, prophylactic distribution, education, and other proven strategies. In fact, one study found the protective effect of circumcision so compelling that the study was terminated so that all uncircumcised participants could be offered circumcision.

Additionally, these health benefits are not only for men! Circumcised men pass on these benefits to their wives; Reduced infection rates for men naturally mean reduced infection rates for their partners. But, even more importantly, circumcision significantly lowers the rates for contraction and re-transmission of various strains of HPV (human papillomavirus), a virus that (while its effect on men is unclear) has been proven to cause the majority of cervical cancer in women.

Below is a selection of various articles collected by Brit Yosef Yitzchak that address these varied issues and research.

Related Articles:

Effect of neonatal circumcision on penile neurologic sensation

Penile sensitivity and sexual satisfaction after circumcision: are we informing men correctly?

Ugandan Government Sees Circumcision as HIV Infection Deterrent.

The Wall Street Journal: Study Says Circumcision Reduces AIDS Risk by 70%
Independent Research: Male Circumcision and the Reduced Risk of HIV Infection
Independent Research: Circumcised Males at Lower Risk of Contracting Certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Italy's University of Catania: Penile Cancer Risk Dramatically Lower for Circumcised Males
Independent Research at Kaiser Permanente: Cost analysis of neonatal circumcision in a large health maintenance organization
Trial of male circumcision for reduction of HIV infection risk
Circumcision may stop millions of HIV deaths
Circumcision Articles from the National Prevention Information Network
Circumcision Studied in Africa as AIDS Preventive Measure
Male Role in Cervical Cancer - Increased Risk for Women with Uncircumcised Partner
Increased HPV Infection for Males & HPV/Cervical Cancer for Female Partners of Uncircumcised Men
Protective Effect of Circumcision Against Herpes Simplex II (HSV-2) and Syphilis.
FDA Warns Providers of Incidents & Possible Complications of Circumcision Clamps