As the debate on the benefits of circumcision continues, several studies are suggesting one more plus that comes with the procedure: it apparently reduces your risk of contracting HIV during penile-vaginal sex.
An Australian study shows that the inner foreskin has the largest concentration of what’s called Langerhans’ cells – the target cells for HIV infection. Other areas of the foreskin have a significantly lower level of those cells
The foreskin also may be more susceptible to suffering small tears during intercourse, offering the virus more points of entry.
By removing the inner foreskin, you remove the skin surface that is most susceptible to HIV infection. This doesn’t eliminate your risk of contracting it, but it does reduce your risk.
At the same time, the American Urological Association points out reports that show circumcision doesn’t interfere with sexual function or pleasure.
Boston Medical Group Telemedicine has more information on sexual function.