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Circumcision
Jan 12, 2006

In many publications it's stated that circumcised men risk less than uncircumcised based on some studies. If it is so why in Europe (where uncircumcision is very common) the odds of trasmission are as low as in the USA where circumcision is much more common?

Response from Dr. Conway

Transmission of HIV infection depends on many factors, including the specific risk behavior that is being considered, the status of the infected individual (viral load, etc...), the presence of genital lesions, as well as things such as circumcision. In some populations, it may be that these other factors are more important, and that the rate of transmission is not as clearly linked to circumcision as we might think.


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