Insurance coverage affecting circumcision rates

As gaps in insurance coverage lead to fewer male babies being circumcised in the United States, related health costs could end up increasing by millions of dollars every year, a new study suggests.

Using a model based on studies of the long-term health effects of circumcision, researchers predicted that the rate of urinary tract infections in male babies would more than double – and the rate of HIV infections in men increase by 12 percent – if only one in ten male newborns was circumcised nationwide.

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Yet it is concerning, researchers said.

“The medical benefits of male circumcision are extremely clear,” said Tobian – including reduced rates of HIV, penile cancer and herpes.

via Insurance coverage affecting circumcision rates – Chicago Tribune.

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