No proof that circumcision reduces risk of AIDs
Latest figures on the snowballing problem of HIV/AIDs worldwide has reignited another controversy in men's health — circumcision.
Now the international not-for-profit health organisation the Cochrane Collaboration has waded into the argument. It has reviewed all the research into circumcision and HIV and concluded that that there is insufficient evidence to support the idea that circumcised men have less chance of contracting HIV. Although previous observational research had suggested that uncircumsized men were at greater risk, these were inconclusive and there had been no completed randomized controlled trials, the Cochrane researchers said.
'It would be useful to see the issue of circumcision taken out of the AIDs discussion,' said Jim Pollard, editor of malehealth. 'Circumcision is increasingly a religious issue not a health one. Certainly, the implication that circumcised men could behave more recklessly is very worrying and a diversion from the key message which is that the only way to prevent HIV infection is to use a condom.'
More than 42 million people worldwide have HIV/Aids. With 14,000 people being disgnosed positive a day, this figure is expected to more than double by 2010. Half of the people living with HIV/Aids are women. More than half are under the age of 24.
Here in the UK, the number of heterosexual patients dignosed with HIV was up 44% in the first half of 2003 compared to the first half of 2002.
Use a condom.
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