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Male circumcision increases risk for females

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:48 GMT

Author: Jonathan Sykes
Position: Mr./Independent Researcher
Institution: Self-employed
Submitted Date: November 24, 2005
Published Date: November 25, 2005
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Dear Editor:

Auvert et al. argue that male circumcision provides a protective effect for males.[1] On the other hand, Chao et al. identified circumcision of the male partner as a risk factor for females.[2] Auvert et al. do not provide information on the overall effect of male circumcision on HIV transmission and infection.[1] Male circumcision may worsen the epidemic. It is imperative, therefore, that further studies be conducted to determine the overall effect before implementation of mass circumcision campaigns to control HIV infection.

Jonathan Sykes


1. Auvert B, Taljaard D, Lagarde E, Sobngwi-Tambekou J, Sitta R, et al. (2005)
Randomized, Controlled Intervention Trial of Male Circumcision for Reduction of HIV
Infection Risk: The ANRS 1265 Trial. PLoS Med 2(11): e2

2. Chao A, Bulterys M, Musanganire F, et al. Risk factors associated with prevalent HIV-1 infection among pregnant women in Rwanda. National University of Rwanda-Johns Hopkins University AIDS Research Team. Int J Epidemiol 1994; 23(2):371-80. [ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.g... ]

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