August 26, 2009
A study by CDC researchers presented Tuesday found circumcision does not protect gay men from transmitting the virus, the Associated Press/Plain Dealer reports. The study of "nearly 4,900 men who had anal sex with an HIV-infected partner" showed essentially no difference in the infection rate between those who had and had not been circumcised. Circumcision has helped prevent HIV infection among heterosexual men in Africa and "UNAIDS and other international health organizations promote circumcision, the cutting away of the foreskin, as an important strategy for reducing the spread of the AIDS virus," the news service writes (Stobbe, 8/25).
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