Thursday, December 14, 2006

Male circumcision 'cuts' HIV risk

Circumcision can cut the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men by 50% BBC News 12/13/06 "The trial in Kenya found a 53% reduction in new HIV infections in heterosexual men who were circumcised while the Ugandan study reported a drop of 48%. Results last year from a study in 3,280 heterosexual men in South Africa, which was also stopped early, showed a 60% drop in the incidence of new infections in men who had been circumcised... Specific cells in the foreskin may be potential targets for HIV infection and also the skin under the foreskin becomes less sensitive and is less likely to bleed reducing risk of infection following circumcision..."

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