Circumcision cuts rate of HIV infection by 50%

Yet another study has shown that circumcision drastically reduces the rate of HIV infection. The trials of Kenya and Uganda of around 8,000 men each demonstrated a 50% reduction in the rate of HIV infection among heterosexual men who were circumcised (53% in Kenya and 48% in Uganda). This study comes on the heels of a South African study last year which looked at 3,280 heterosexual men and which saw a 60% drop in the incidence of new infections among the men who had been circumcised.

The US National Institutes of Health have prematurely ended a pair of studies examining the relationship between circumcision and HIV infection that were set to conclude in July and September of 2007 because the results were so conclusive. The trials of Kenya and Uganda of around 8,000 men each demonstrated a 50% reduction in the rate of HIV infection among heterosexual men who were circumcised (53% in Kenya and 48% in Uganda) . With such strong findings, it was easily deemed unnecessary and unethical to continue the studies and possibly expose more participants to the deadly virus.

This study comes on the heels of a South African study last year which looked at 3,280 heterosexual men and which saw a 60% drop in the incidence of new infections among the men who had been circumcised.

Those involved with the study believe there are two reasons for the reduction in the rate of infection: 1) Specific cells in the foreskin may be targets of the virus, and 2) that skin under the foreskin becomes less sensitive following circumcision making it less likely to bleed. They also cautioned circumcised men to not believe they can safely participate in unprotected sex with no risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

So if you’re a jewish ninja, thank the mohel who went snippity-snip on your 8th day, and if you’re not but are also ‘hatless,’ thank that kind doc in the hospital who took care of you (or in the case of you Masai warriors out there who had the procedure done at the age of 13 during your entry into manhood and who weren’t allowed to flinch or show any signs of pain…thank that local tribesman in the sweet red robe - it all seems worth it now doesn’t it?) Keep reading after the break

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Posted: December 14th, 2006
at 12:19am by Pheezatron


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