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PLoS Medicine Publishes Opinion Pieces About Male Circumcision, HIV Prevention

March 29, 2007

PLoS Medicine in its March issue includes two opinion pieces written in response to a study about the cost effectiveness of male circumcision as an HIV prevention method. James Kahn of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California-San Francisco and colleagues conducted the study among 1,000 adult men in Orange Farm, a township outside Johannesburg, South Africa. The study found that circumcising the men would prevent about 300 new HIV cases over 20 years. According to the researchers, the circumcisions translated to a total savings of about $2.4 million, which could have been spent on providing HIV/AIDS treatment for participants in the study group alone (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/5). Summaries of the opinion pieces appear below.

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