Male Circumcision Does Not Offer Protection Against HIV

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Male circumcision does not offer any level of protection against HIVamong black and Hispanic men who have sex with men in the U.S.,researchers said Monday at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Reuters reports.

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For the study, Greg Millett of CDCand colleagues studied 1,079 black and 957 Hispanic MSM residing in LosAngeles, New York City and Philadelphia. The study participants filledout a computer survey and received an HIV test. According to the study,circumcised black and Hispanic MSM were as likely to becomeHIV-positive as those who were uncircumcised.

The study alsofound that circumcision did not offer a protective benefit for a subsetof black MSM who recently had sex with female partners or among MSM"reporting recent unprotected sex with a male partner in which theywere exclusively the insertive male partner," Millett said. He added,"Overall, we found no association between circumcision status and HIVinfection status" among black or Hispanic MSM.

Black andHispanic men are more likely than white men to be HIV-positive, whichcould offset any protection circumcision provides, Millett said. Inaddition, black and Hispanic MSM could be exposed to HIV more oftenthan white MSM because they are more likely to have sex with otherblack and Hispanic MSM, Reuters reports (Fox, Reuters, 12/4).

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