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Circumcision No Help Against AIDS in Gays

Posted Aug 26 2009 10:34pm

Circumcision is being touted as a way to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections ( Could circumcision reduce STD spread? ), including HIV and AIDS, particularly in Africa where rates are so high ( Bill Gates’ Donation For Circumcision ).

xchng_exaltation While this is still being hotly debated as true or not, it has been found that circumcised men don’t reduce the risk for women though ( Male Circumcision Doesn’t Cut Your HIV Risk ). Now, new research has found that circumcision doesn’t reduce the risk of HIV spread among gay men either.

According to the Centers of Disease Control, although less that 5% of the United States population is gay men, about half of all newly diagnosed HIV infections occur in this small group. The earlier studies that suggested circumcision was helpful was among heterosexual men.

Recommending circumcision, which hasn’t happened yet, may result in an uproar among many people. While in some cultures, the decision to circumcise is an easy one, young parents who don’t have a specific religious or cultural beliefs may find themselves conflicted with the decision.

You can read more about the issue of circumcision and gay men in this article, Circumcision doesn’t protect gay men from AIDS virus.



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