Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Circumcision preventing AIDS is in dispute...

Despite the headline at the Washington Post that the World Health Organization has decreed that circumcision can prevent AIDS by 60%, it's far from something that scientists agree on.

This article states the opposite:
The research, published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology, found that circumcised virgins and adolescents in Kenya, Lesotho, and Tanzania, where the practice is common, were consistently and substantially more likely to be infected with HIV than their uncircumcised counterparts.

The scientists found that the cut in itself was causing many new AIDS cases among adolescents as it was performed in unhygienic situations with un-sterilized and often, shared instruments.

Another group that states that the mere absence of a foreskin does not radically prevent getting AIDS.

The main problem with promoting this as a way to prevent AIDS is creating the belief that the real way to prevent AIDS, practicing safe sex, is not as important. It also downplays the importance of continuing to develop/promote vaccines.

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