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Male Circumcision Can Lower HIV Infection Rate - Could Save Millions of Lives By Lowering Risk of Contracting AIDS

July 11th 2006

Male Circumcision Can Lower HIV Infection Rate - Could Save Millions of Lives By Lowering Risk of Contracting AIDS

AIDS Reduction Possible

World Health Organization (WHO) researchers say that male circumcision could reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV.  Last year, a South African trial suggested that circumcision could reduce the risk for men becoming infected with AIDS by 60 to 65 percent.  The researchers say that if all men were circumcised, two million infections and around 300,000 deaths could be prevented over the next 10 years. 

Two other studies are being conducted to confirm the benefit. In a report Monday, the World Health Organization researchers reported that if fewer men were infected there would be fewer female infections. 


Circumcision involves removing the foreskin covering the tip of the male sex organ. This is usually performed within days after birth.  It becomes more risky after 2 months.   

Last year’s research was led by Dr. Bertran Auvert of the French National Research Agency INSERM.  Bertran and his colleagues wrote "This analysis shows that male circumcision could avert nearly six million new infections and save three million lives in sub-Saharan Africa over the next twenty years."  

The benefits of circumcision became apparent when comparing tribes in Africa.  In some parts of Africa some tribes are circumcised while neighboring tribes are not. "In West Africa, male circumcision is common and the prevalence of HIV is low, while in southern Africa the reverse is true," they wrote in the current report, published in the Public Library of Science Medicine.

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