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Circumcision cuts HIV.

Three trials of circumcision v HIV in male heterosexuals in Africa were so successful that they were stopped after 18 to 24 months, in order to allow the control males to decide if they wished to be circumcised. At that time, the reduction in the risk of HIV was about 60%.

Nearly half of the controls then chose to be circumcised.

Prof Robert Bailey reported yesterday, (to the International AIDS Conference in Vienna), on a follow-up of one large group for an extra four and a half years.

Although no longer valid as a clinical research study, the findings show that the benefits remain. The HIV risk in those circumcised is still 60% lower than those not.

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July 26, 2010 - Posted by | Health, HIV, Robert Bailey, Success

1 Comment »

  1. 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. We now have people calling circumcision a “vaccine” or “invisible condom”, and viewing circumcision as an alternative to condoms. The South African National Communication Survey on HIV/AIDS, 2009 found that 15% of adults across age groups “believe that circumcised men do not need to use condoms”.

    The one randomized controlled trial into male-to-female transmission showed a 54% higher rate in the group where the men had been circumcised btw.

    ABC (Abstinence, Being faithful, and especially Condoms) is the way forward. Promoting genital surgery will cost African lives, not save them.

    Comment by Mark Lyndon | July 27, 2010 | Reply


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