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Monday, January 7, 2008

Circumcision to Combat HIV

Several studies suggest that circumcision may help reduce the risk of contracting the HIV virus, but apparently, many uncircumcized men have feared the procedure because they thought it would reduce their sexual satisfaction and/or performance. I was only recently made aware of this and have no idea where this idea comes from.

However, over 5000 Ugandan men volunteered for a study in which half of them underwent the procedure and the two groups rated their sexual satisfaction and performance. According to this research, there is no significant difference in satisfaction and/or performance between them.

While this is very good news, as it may lead more men to undergo the procedure and hopefully reduce the risk of spreading the HIV virus, it's important to note that circumcision is not a 100% effective prevention practice. Condoms remain the best way to avoid spreading the virus which can lead to full-blown AIDS. A combination of the two methods, while still not 100% effective, is the safest way to avoid the HIV virus.

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