Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Uncircumcised Run Higher Risk of AIDS

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Uncircumcised Run Higher Risk of AIDS

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Uncircumcised Run Higher Risk of AIDS

A number of recent studies into the transmission of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) suggest that men who are uncircumcised have a greater chance of being infected with the AIDS virus during sexual intercourse. In fact, the data from two studies found the risk of AIDS infection to be five to eight times greater for uncircumcised men than for those circumcised.

The first study was conducted a year ago, at a Nairobi, Kenya, clinic, by J. Neil Simonsen, Francis Plummer, and colleagues of the Universities of Manitoba and Nairobi and the Kenya Medical Research Institute.

The team's research initially included an examination of the correlation between genital ulcer disease and the transmission of AIDS in men, a link which the team had already made in women.

The researchers originally said they expected to find that uncircumcised men had a higher rate of genital ulcers and, therefore, a higher rate of AIDS. However, the findings revealed that uncircumcised men had a higher risk of contracting AIDS whether or not they had ulcers.

Another study of circumcision and AIDS was led by John Bongaarts of the Population Council in New York City and Priscilla Reining of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Washington. …

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