Washing Penis Soon After Sex Increases Risk of HIV Among Uncircumcised Men, Study Says
August 21, 2007
Washing the penis minutes after sex might increase the risk of HIV infection among uncircumcised men, according to a study funded by NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and presented on July 25 at the 4th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Sydney, Australia, the New York Times reports. According to the Times, the washing analysis was the secondary part of a study undertaken to determine the effectiveness of male circumcision as an HIV prevention method.
One message from the study is that "there ought to be a little time left for postcoital cuddling before you go and wash," Gray said, adding, "Don't just finish and jump out of bed." Merle Sande -- an infectious disease expert at the University of Washington-Seattle and president of the Academic Alliance Foundation, a group that trains health workers to treat HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Uganda -- said the study's findings are counterintuitive and "show why you have to do the studies, because until you do them, you just don't know." He added, "There is still so much we don't understand about the complex factors that influence HIV transmission in the genital tract, but this important study will help" (Altman, New York Times, 8/21).
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