Having sex with a circumcised man is just as enjoyable for a woman as being with a man who has not had the operation, according to a new study by researchers in Uganda.
They found that the vast majority of women think sex is equally satisfying, if not more so, with a man whose foreskin has been removed, Reuters Health reports.
The findings are likely to please men who have undergone the procedure, either for medical or religious reasons.
But the researchers said the study could have important implications for the fight against HIV and AIDS in the developing world.
Indeed, previous research has revealed that circumcision can reduce rates of HIV infection by as much as 60 per cent.
Dr Robert C Bailey from the University of Illinois School of Public Health, explained: “Women’s opinions of what circumcision does in terms of sexual function are really important in driving the demand for the procedure.”
Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Washington found that male circumcision can also help to protect against the spread of herpes and the cancer-causing human papillomavirus.