Male circumcision greatly reduces HIV risk: studies

To snip…or not to snip…evidence for making the cut has come about.

[quote]Male circumcision greatly reduces HIV risk: studies
Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:59pm ET28, By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Circumcising men cuts their risk of being infected with the AIDS virus in half, and could prevent hundreds of thousands or even millions of new infections, researchers said on Wednesday.

Circumcising men worked so well that the researchers stopped two large clinical trials in Kenya and Uganda to announce the results, although they cautioned that the procedure does not make men immune to the virus.

Public health leaders hailed the results as pointing to a potentially powerful way to reduce HIV infections in Africa, the continent hardest hit by AIDS.

“It does have the potential to prevent many tens of thousands, many hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of infections over coming years,” Dr. Kevin De Cock, director of the World Health Organization’s Department of HIV/AIDS, told reporters.

A U.S. National Institutes of Health study in Kisumu, Kenya, involving 2,784 men aged 18 to 24 showed a 53 percent reduction of HIV infections in circumcised men compared to uncircumcised men. A parallel study involving 4,996 men aged 15 to 49 in Rakai, Uganda, showed circumcised men were 48 percent less likely than uncircumcised men to become infected.

Researchers previously had noticed that in places where circumcision is common, HIV was less common.

Results of the first major study on the issue were reported last year out of South Africa, with researchers seeing a 60 percent reduction in HIV risk for circumcised men. Researchers viewed the new trials as strong confirmation. (More at link)

An interesting development, IMO.

Seems to be that outright castration would be much better at preventing AIDS than circumsision.
Anyway, if you get it lopped off, what the hell would you talk to in the bath?

Why would you want to mutilate the babies when all you need do is add some juice?

Seriously, I don’t get this urge to slash up the little ones’ dicks.


HIV / AIDS is the Black Death of our times - tens of millions of people are infected or at high risk. And the problem is worst in the developing world where few practice preventive measures.

But Australian scientist Roger Short thinks a cheap, easy-to-use solution might be growing right under our noses. It’s lemon juice.

An ancient douche-style contraceptive that was encouraged by such luminaries as Casanova, lemon juice has dropped out of modern memory. But not only does lemon juice kill sperm, lab tests show it kills the AIDS virus itself. Sceptics from the pharmaceutical world say it will never work.

Undeterred, Roger is planning field trials in Thailand. It just might be that the simple lemon is the aid everyone’s been searching for.[/quote]