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<span style="color:#000080;">Granted, the study participants self-reported circumcision status, which is a little lame-o, but there was no relationship between circ status and HSV infection in the US. I also like that the authors kept mentioning the diminishing circumcision prevalence.</span><br><br>
Sex Transm Dis. 2007 Mar 15<br>
Prevalence of Circumcision and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Infection in Men in the United States: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999-2004.<br>
Xu F, Markowitz LE, Sternberg MR, Aral SO.<br>
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia.<br><br>
OBJECTIVES:: To study the prevalence of circumcision in the United States and to examine the association between circumcision and herpes simplex virus Type 2 (HSV-2) infection. METHODS:: As part of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 1999 to 2004, 6174 men were interviewed about circumcision status and sexual behaviors, and were tested for HSV-2 antibodies. Medical artwork was used to aid the reporting of circumcision status. RESULTS:: The overall prevalence of circumcision was 79% and varied by race/ethnicity (88% in non-Hispanic whites, 73% in non-Hispanic blacks, 42% in Mexican Americans, and 50% in others). For men born in the United States from 1940 through 1979, the prevalence of circumcision increased, with larger increases in non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican Americans than in non-Hispanic whites; the prevalence of circumcision decreased significantly in those born in the 1980s (84%) compared to those born in 1970s (91%) (P <0.001). Circumcision status was not associated with sexual behaviors we assessed. In multivariate analyses, circumcision was not associated with HSV-2 infection (P = 0.47). CONCLUSIONS:: <b>The prevalence of circumcision apparently peaked in those born in the 1970s and declined in those born in the 1980s. Circumcision was not associated with HSV-2 infection.</b>
 

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Okay so herpes is knocked down, we just need to keep working on that HIV/AIDS thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Strange that they have to do a new study to once again prove something that was already known...oh well, any new legitimate studies are good regardless. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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