Circumcision protects against HIV in Africa

Now that Russell Crowe and the San Francisco City Council have come out against male circumcision, in their collective wisdom, it might be worth pointing out that medical scientists have long known that circumcision protects against HIV transmission in Africa. Also syphilis. A number of African cultures practice circumcision; some of them don't. It is therefore easy to compare the HIV rate in areas that have it versus the ones that don't. Scientific American published a famous cover story about that finding a couple of decades ago. The biomedical database PubMed.gov shows no less than 822 scientific articles from peer-reviewed journals on that very question. Did somebody forget to tell the San Francisco Chronicle? I'll bet. According to British researcher H.A. Weiss, writing in Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases "In 2005, 4.1 million people were infected with HIV. There is an urgent need to intensify and expand HIV prevention methods. Male circumcision is one of several potential...(Read Full Post)

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