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Circumcision against HIV does not help

by Editorial Staff in Health & Body , 18 mei 2010

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It was thought that the circumcision of men could possibly reduce the number of HIV infections. A new study, however, shows that the effect of circumcision of homosexual men is almost non-existent.

Earlier studies in Africa
Studies that were carried out in Africa supposedly have proven that circumcised men have 60% less chance of catching the HIV virus compared to non-circumcised men. They presumed that the foreskin would be extremely sensitive to the virus.

Nevertheless, gay and bisexual men in the western world are at greater risk. This new study, however, claims that circumcision does not have an effect on the number of infections at all. The study was executed by various prevention centres in the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands.

Approximately 5000 men were tested, participants in a vaccine trial against the HIV virus. In a period spanning three years, no differences were found in the number of infections between cut and uncut men. The research suggests that the risk of catching the HIV virus through (receiving) anal sex is not avoided.

During the tests, 86 percent of the men were circumcised and, of this group, 7% was infected by the virus. After ruling out other possible sources of infection, such as drug usage or unsafe sex, it was found that circumcision has almost no effect on the number of infections.



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