Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection

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A U.S. health expert urged governments worldwide to endorse circumcision to slow the spread of HIV, saying men without the procedure have a greater risk of contracting the virus from infected female partners.

The World Health Organization says male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission of the disease by around 60 percent. But only 30 percent of men worldwide have had the procedure, mostly in countries where it is common for religious or health reasons.

Robert Bailey, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois, said studies in Africa showed that uncircumcised men were 2 1/2 times more likely to contract HIV from infected female partners, though many health officials were still unclear about its benefits.

Circumcision, the removal of the foreskin from the penis, has long been suspected of reducing men's susceptibility to HIV infection because the skin cells in the foreskin are especially vulnerable to the virus. Link

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Anonymous said...

This is a bogus claim that is not supported by real evidence. Read the full details of the study and do not participate in male genital mutilation (leave it up to the man to decide when he is 18 years old, not 18 minutes old)

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