Friday, February 26, 2010

Pushing Circumcision against HIV

From the BBC:

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In the next eight years the government aims to carry out the operation on 80% of all young men in the country - three million people in all.

Circumcision is not widely practised among Zimbabwe's cultural and religious groups, but the centuries-old procedure is now regarded as a key weapon in the country's fight against the spread of HIV and Aids .

Trials in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa have shown that the operation, in which the foreskin is removed from the penis, reduces by 60% the risk of a man contracting HIV - the virus that causes Aids....

1 comment:

xlp said...

The western country with the highest HIV infection rate, the USA, is also the only western country that routinely circumcises infants. Plainly circumcision is a useless and a waist of money in the fight adainst AIDS

The study that showed an effect is rather 'dodgy' and culturaly bias:

http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/info/HIVStatement.html

 
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