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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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Bull World Health Organ vol.82 n.5 Genebra May. 2004 



Circumcision reduces risk of HIV infection in men



Circumcised men may be six times less likely to contract HIV than men who are not circumcised, suggests new research carried out on more than 2000 men in India.

Published in the UK-based medical journal, the Lancet, (2004;363:1039-40), the research letter appears to confirm that the thin foreskin tissue on uncircumcised men could be highly prone to HIV infection, giving support to findings from an earlier study in Africa which had already suggested that the circumcision reduced a man's chances of contracting HIV. The study also found that circumcision does not have an impact on other sexual diseases.