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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Circumcision Fights HIV

Do you ever get tired of being right? I do, and yet it happens so often that I've just become accustomed.

Health officials are now urging heterosexual men to get circumcised in order to fight HIV. There is compelling new evidence which suggests that it can cut the risk of contracting the disease by up to 60%. There is no real evidence that the procedure will have a major impact on homosexual men or men who engage in homosexual sex.

Of course, circumcision is not an effective means of avoiding the disease. Anyone who has sex should always take further precautions - namely using a condom and limiting the number of sexual partners. But this single step could curb HIV and the spread of AIDS by over half - particularly important in countries where the disease is not restricted to sex workers, homosexuals, and/or intravenous drug users.

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