May #134 : The Tipping Point - by Kellee Terrell

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Lost in America

A League of His Own

Ready, Willing and Abled


Those Other Smokes

Shock Jock

With a Trace

Trainer's Bench-May 2007

Ask The Sexpert-May 2007

The Tipping Point

Brazilian Bombshell

The Mother of Us All

All Our Children

Island in the Stream

Desert Storm

You Betcha

Pillow Talk

Home of the Brave

POZ Asked Three Positive New Yorkers:

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Thanks, but No Thanks

Where’s the Party?

Editor's Letter-May 2007

Mailbox-May 2007

Catch of the Month-May 2007

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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May 2007

The Tipping Point

by Kellee Terrell

Advocates rally around a radical circumcision study

In December, the U.S. National Institutes of Health halted circumcision trials in Kenya and Uganda—even though preliminary results showed the procedure reduced chances of HIV infection through heterosexual sex by 50%. The study required one group of participants to remain uncircumcised, so researchers deemed it unethical to continue and offered all subjects free procedures. “Circumcision is a one-time-only intervention that lasts [a man’s] entire life,” says lead researcher Robert Bailey, PhD. Headlines dubbing it a proven HIV-prevention method soon blanketed the globe. However, Bailey warns that circumcision merely offers another mode of harm reduction, not guaranteed protection. “Still use condoms,” he says, “try to be faithful, and know your status.” Also, a circumcision can be easily botched when not performed by medical professionals using sterilized tools. Transmission vulnerability actually increases if patients do not heal properly. Such risks are higher in developing nations, where condoms are often culturally challenged, if they’re even available. The unkindest cut of all?

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