Circumcision in Australia: prevalence and effects on sexual health

  title={Circumcision in Australia: prevalence and effects on sexual health},
  author={Juliet Richters and Anthony M. A. Smith and Richard O. de Visser and Andrew E. Grulich and Chris Rissel},
  journal={International Journal of STD \& AIDS},
  pages={547 - 554}
The results from a telephone survey in 2001–02 of a probability sample of Australian households including 10,173 men aged 16–59 (response rate 69.4%) are used to assess the prevalence of circumcision across social groups in Australia and examine lifetime history of sexually transmissible infection (STI), sexual difficulties in the last year, sexual practices including masturbation, and sexual attitudes. More than half (59%) of the men were circumcised. Circumcision was less common among younger… 

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