December 11, 2013
This article was reported by AIDSMAP.
An article in NAM aidsmap reported on a study of men with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the penis and risk of contracting HIV. Since HPV infection of the cervix is associated with higher risk of HIV for women, researchers investigated whether penile HPV infection increased HIV risk for men and whether circumcision altered the risk.
The researchers conducted a prospective cohort study with approximately 2,500 men ages 19-24 in Kisumu, Kenya, who were part of a randomized-controlled trial of the impact of circumcision on HIV risk. All the participants were HIV-negative at baseline. Researchers checked them for penile HPV and screened for HIV every six months. During a median of 30 months' follow-up, 61 participants (2.4 percent) tested positive for HIV.
The full report, "Risk of HIV Acquisition Among Circumcised and Uncircumcised Young Men with Penile HPV Infection," was published online in the journal AIDS (2013; doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000092).
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