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Unhygienic circumcisions may increase risk of HIV transmission

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39146.414456.BE (Published 08 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:498
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Circumcision could increase the transmission of HIV in Africa unless it is done in hygienic conditions, says new research.

    The study, published in this month's Annals of Epidemiology (2007;17:217-26), may raise questions about how to interpret the recent randomised trials of male circumcision in Kenya and Uganda, which appeared to show that circumcising men halves their risk of acquiring HIV infection (Lancet 2007;369:643-56, 617-9, 615, 708-13).

    The team, led by Devon Brewer, director of the Seattle based research organisation Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, examined data from national surveys of young people who had never had sexual intercourse in Kenya, Tanzania, and Lesotho. Dr Brewer said, “We …

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