CDC recommendation will link male circumcisions to reduced HIV risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday plans to issue new recommendations about male circumcision to reduce the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

The CDC’s guidance will be geared toward medical providers in light of new data that shows circumcisions have “significant efficacy” for reducing the spread of HIV, herpes and some types of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

In a notice published Monday in the Federal Register, the CDC said that clinical trials have shown circumcision can reduce the rate of HIV infection risk by up to 60 percent over time.

The CDC also wrote that "such decision making is made in the context of not only health considerations, but also other social, cultural, ethical, and religious factors."

Circumcision rates among infants have been steadily declining in the U.S., despite health associations like the American Academy of Pediatrics encouraging the practice.