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Study Finds Decreased HIV in Circumcised Males Not Caused By Reduction of STI Sores

November 25, 2009

The decreased incidence of HIV infections in males who were circumcised is not primarily due to a reduction in sores from conditions such as herpes, according to a PLoS Medicine study that analyzed "data from 2 clinical trials including more than 5,000 men in rural Uganda, which had shown that circumcision reduced the risk of HIV infection in men by about 60%," a PLoS Medicine press release writes (11/23). "[T]he evidence suggests that most of the reduction in HIV risk afforded by circumcision is attributable to removal of vulnerable foreskin tissue containing HIV target cells," the study authors conclude (Gray et al., 11/24).

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