Examining Male Circumcision As Method Of HIV Prevention

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"Is Male Circumcision as Good as the HIV VaccineWe've Been Waiting For?" Future Medicine: Jeffrey Klausner, associateclinical professor of medicine at the University ofCalifornia-San Francisco, and colleagues in the January issue of Future Medicineexamined male circumcision as a method of preventing the spread of HIV throughheterosexual sex. According to the authors, male circumcision is the "onlymodality for preventing" sexual HIV transmission that has been proven towork by the "highest standards of scientific evidence." Unlike apotential HIV vaccine or some other prevention measures, male circumcision alsohas been shown to "eliminate or significantly reduce" the risk oftransmitting several other infections and medical conditions, the authorswrite.

The media "[i]mmediately ... should report on the great impact"that the implementation of male circumcision programs could bring, the authorswrite, adding that UNAIDS "should announce the creation of a [malecircumcision] desk to promote and monitor safe" procedures. Researchers"can and must educate and share with the public the knowledge" of theprotective benefits of male circumcision, as well as the "potential risksand limitations" of the procedure, the authors write. They add that malecircumcision "works," concluding that they "believe it is atleast as good as the HIV vaccine we have been waiting for, praying for andhoping to see in our lifetimes" (Klausner et al., Future Medicine,January 2008).

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