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Saturday, July 18, 2009

HIV/AIDS and Circumcision

Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 7:04 AM 3 comments

This article was found in "The Lancet" a medical journal.It has interesting findings on transmission of HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) to female from male infected partner.
There has been other reports that it prevents .Circumcision on medical grounds other than custom should not denied to anybody including HIV infected .The UNAID /WHO also recommends in the same line.The details can be found in their web site.Circumcision during early childhood prevents cancer penis as seen in case of Jews who own the custom.A patient of Phimosis should undergo circumcision.And any other person voluntarily wanting circumcision should be provided.The traditional methods of HIV/AIDS prevention are to be adhered to.
clipped from www.thelancet.com

Circumcision in HIV-infected men and its effect on HIV transmission to female partners in Rakai, Uganda: a randomised controlled trial

Background

Observational studies have reported an association between male circumcision and reduced risk of HIV infection in female partners. We assessed whether circumcision in HIV-infected men would reduce transmission of the virus to female sexual partners.

Interpretation

Circumcision of HIV-infected men did not reduce HIV transmission to female partners over 24 months; longer-term effects could not be assessed. Condom use after male circumcision is essential for HIV prevention.
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Gabriele said...

It is very unlikely that circumcision prevents the spread of aids for men and women.
However, to have sex with a circumcised man is also healthier for a woman. It is much less likely that bacteria are passed on, whereas a virus such as Aids or HIV is a different story.
The same applies to gay relationships.

tozcal2009 said...

All the research are being conducted outside India.And regarding prevention of aids among both the partners I am a little skeptical.May be men without circumcision get more minor injuries during sex as compared to the circumcised.Because HIV passes through contact of blood and other body fluids e.g. semen.But circumcised harbors less infection from due to the cleanliness.

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