Thursday, December 18, 2008
Circumcision protects HIV and cervical cancer
Three studies published Wednesday supports the theory that circumcision may protect men from infection by HIV and by the sexually transmitted virus that causes cancer of the cervix. CIRCUMCISION protect themselves from HIV VIRUS AND CANCER LEAD cervical Magnify These findings, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, are likely to fuel the debate on whether, for men some regions of the world, to be circumcised to protect their health and, perhaps, that their future sexual partners. Dr. Bertrand Auvert of the University of Versailles, and some of his colleagues in South Africa have tested more than 1,200 men attending a clinic in South Africa. "These conclusions explain why women with circumcised partners are less likely than other women to the risk of cancer of the cervix," they write in the medical journal. The other two studies were conducted by American scientists and focus on protection against the AIDS virus.