A systematic review published 9 October 2017 in The Lancet Global Health found highly consistent published evidence that male circumcision is associated with protection from multiple serious diseases for women: cervical cancer and its precursor cervical dysplasia, herpes simplex virus type 2 (the main cause of genital herpes), chlamydia, and syphilis. The authors argue that the scaleup of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in men has the potential to substantially benefit women’s health as well, and that improved cooperation and referral linkages between women’s health programmes and VMMC programmes could benefit both.
Association between male circumcision and women's biomedical health outcomes: a systematic review
Year of publication: 2017
Resource topic: Impact of MC, On HIV/STIs in women, On HIV in men, Research, monitoring and evaluation, M&E (reports, articles on results of evaluations), Women and MC
Resource type: Article