Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Hilarious Journal Articles Part 12: Circumcision Provided 65% Protective Effect Against HIV in Randomized Trial

From Medscape (registration required):

Adult male circumcision has been found to provide a 65% protective effect against infection with HIV in a randomized trial of more than 3,035 sexually active, heterosexual men in South Africa, according to findings presented here at the 3rd International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment...

The researchers conducted the trial by first identifying heterosexual men between the ages of 18 and 24 years, who were healthy and sexually active, and who said they were willing to be circumcised if it could be proven to reduce their risk of HIV infection. These men were living in Orange Farm, a neighborhood near Johannesburg, South Africa, with high rates of HIV transmission and an existing male circumcision rate of approximately 20%. Prior to this study, the researchers had conducted a feasibility pilot study that found that 70% of men would consider circumcision if it were beneficial and safe...

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