A new study challenges previous research that suggested that male circumcision helps protect women against infection by HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
The new study concluded that male circumcision did not protect female sex partners from HIV infection and actually increased the risk of infection if the man resumed sex before the circumcision wound healed, which usually takes about a month, The New York Times reported.
The study, conducted by American and Ugandan researchers, did confirm that male circumcision reduced the risk of herpes and other genital ulcers among men.
The findings were presented at the 15th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston.
The researchers said even though their findings about circumcision and risk of HIV infection did not reach statistical significance, they highlight the need to improve education of men who undergo circumcision and their female partners. – (HealthDay News)
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