Australia: Doctor Says "the Cut" Lowers Risk of HIV Infection
January 28, 2009
An HIV expert is advising Australian government and health officials to inform parents about male circumcision's protective effects against HIV and other STDs. Dr. Alex Wodak points to data from Africa showing that circumcision helps reduce female-to-male HIV transmission.
In Australia, circumcision has fallen out of favor, some parents even consider it child abuse, but Wodak said the procedure is safe, and that it should become an important prevention tool in coming years. "We have to try to anticipate the threats Australia will be exposed to from HIV, not just for 2009, but for 2029 too," he said.
Wodak said 38 studies conducted mostly in Africa indicate that circumcised men were half as likely to acquire HIV heterosexually as uncircumcised men. In fact, three recent studies comparing more than 11,000 circumcised and uncircumcised men in South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda were terminated early because circumcision showed such a significant protective effect.
The Age (Melbourne)
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