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Study: Circumcision Might Not Prevent HIV Transmission Among MSM

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Mark Lyndon

Circumcision is a dangerous distraction in the fight against AIDS. There are six African countries where men are *more* likely to be HIV+ if they've been circumcised - Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Swaziland. Eg in Malawi, the HIV rate is 13.2% among circumcised men, but only 9.5% among intact men. In Rwanda, the HIV rate is 3.5% among circumcised men, but only 2.1% among intact men. If circumcision really worked against AIDS, this just wouldn't happen.

March 23, 2010

Lynn S

I have said this for years and have always included links to studies listing the enzymes produced by the foreskin that fight disease, but it never gets printed. US has highest circ. rate in world and fastest growing HIV rate in developed world.

March 16, 2010 Missouri

James Loewen

Time will reveal the obvious, that trying to apply circumcision to AIDS is as ridiculous as every other ailment in the long list that those who look for excuses to circumcise have used in the past 100+ years. Looking at the African studies the one thing that stands out is the rush to apply circumcision and to shout down any opposition. The focus on circumcision has undermined the whole safer sex campaign of the past 20 years.

March 16, 2010 Vancouver, BC

David Salyer

Well, DUH. Those African studies were never applicable to western MSM. And they always reeked of bias on the part of the researchers, who apparently want every male on the planet circumcised.

March 16, 2010 Atlanta


REALLY??!! How much money was blown on this study to verify the abundantly obvious--that's the real story! CDC already knew that insertive male partners had less risk regarding HIV from unprotected anal intercourse and that the foreskin covers the glans, not the anus... at least on all of the men I've had sex with!

March 12, 2010 College Park, MD


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