What is circumcision?

  • Circumcision is a minor surgery to cut off the extra skin that covers the glans (head) of the penis.

Should I be circumcised?

  • For many guys, the decision about whether to be circumcised was made by their parents at birth.
  • There are a couple of medical reasons for older males to get circumcised. Please see your doctor or come into the Young Men's clinic to discuss.
  • There is some new research that suggests that males in Africa would be somewhat more protected against HIV if they were circumcised. That research does not apply to men in the United States. Other studies will need to be done to determine if circumcision should be PART of the strategy to protect males against HIV in the United States.