Cairo, Egypt — — A new study shows that circumcision in Egypt reduces the risk of HIV infection among the population, but that the procedure is still necessary to protect newborns and to prevent urinary tract infections, according to a statement from the World Health Organization.
The new report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Egypt’s Ministry of Health says that in 2011, the circumcision rate was around 100 circumcisions per 1,000 residents.
The report also notes that the circumcision of infants and young children has been legal since 1979.
More:Egypt has more than 1.8 million newborns.
In the United States, the average age for circumcision is 16 years old, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It has been illegal in Egypt since 1979 and since 2008, the country had a mandatory minimum age for infant circumcision to be 18.
In 2016, the Egyptian Supreme Court ruled that circumcision of young children was a cultural practice, and that the country’s Supreme Court had the final say on the matter.
On May 23, 2017, the government signed a decree allowing circumcision of girls and boys aged 10 to 12 years old.
In March 2017, Egypt’s Ministry for Health announced that the ministry would start to collect data on the circumcision and urinary tract infection rates of newborns to determine the feasibility of the procedure.
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