Male Circumcision Can
Lower HIV Infection Rate - Could Save Millions of Lives By Lowering Risk
of Contracting AIDS
July 11th 2006
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.