Studies Provide Sufficient Evidence to Recommend Male Circumcision As HIV Intervention, South African Researchers Say
April 16, 2009
Researchers from the South African Cochrane Center concluded Wednesday that sufficient evidence exists that male circumcision reduces the risk of HIV transmission among heterosexual men and the procedure should be considered an appropriate HIV intervention strategy, the SAPA/Mail and Guardian reports. Located at the South African Medical Research Council, the Cochrane Center is part of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of researchers that reviews the effects of interventions to inform health care decisions and policy. Although the center in the past did not recommend male circumcision as an HIV prevention tool because of insufficient evidence, researchers "changed their previous conclusions" after reviewing data from three recent African trials, Nandi Siegfried, co-director of the center, said.
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