According to researchers, circumcision halves the risk of getting an STD. That’s a pretty big difference! A recent study took a look at uncircumcised guys and also men before and after their own circumcisions and they discovered that there really is a higher risk for STDs for guys with a foreskin. Scientists found that circumcision protects against STDs and STIs because since there is no foreskin on the penis, there is no foreskin for bacteria to hide out and grow and do scary things. In other words, a foreskin can be a home to bacteria that are only going to do more harm than good. We’ve actually known that uncircumcised guys are more at risk for infections or diseases down there for a long time, but this is the first time that scientists have figured out why that is so.
So what does this mean for you? Does this mean you should never hook up with a dude with foreskin because his penis is a comfy home for every STD or STI out there? Does this mean that every single guy who has yet to be circumcised has an STD?
No. It doesn’t mean any of that.
Just because a guy is uncircumcised doesn’t automatically mean he has an STD. Okay, yes, the risk for him getting one is greater – but that doesn’t mean that he’s absolutely, for sure, 100 percent going to get one. And it’s not fair to dudes with foreskin everywhere to assume that.
Look, the main thing you should take away from this is that you should always use a condom. Always. I don’t care if he has a foreskin or not… use a condom! As we’ve said millions of times before this, condoms are the only method of birth control that can also protect you against STDs and STIs. It doesn’t matter if bacteria is living under his foreskin – if you’re using a condom and it doesn’t break, you should be fine.
Have you ever seen an uncircumcised penis? Would you be freaked out if you did? Do you make sure you always use a condom when having sex? Tell us in the comments.