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Circumcision & HIV

Nov 14, 2011 - 7 comments

Scientific trials have shown that male circumcision can reduce a man’s risk of becoming infected with HIV during heterosexual intercourse by up to 60 percent. These findings have led to the decision by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization to recommend circumcision as an important new element of HIV prevention.

Since the decision was made, the demand for circumcision has been increasing.

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by Apollo1971, Nov 15, 2011
Use condoms for sex and then you dont have to worry about HIV... I think thats the advise i would be following.

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by RainLover71, Nov 15, 2011
I read that information aswell and i agree.That is an established fact and great journal to.

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by Genesisi, Nov 15, 2011
Apollo - I agree.  I think in some developing countries (i.e. sub saharan Africa) where they cannot get condoms due to no supply or the catholic enterprise forbidding them from using protection, they have a problem.

They are using this method as an effort of prevention, not a sure fire prevention.  I wouldn't say it is the best thing they can do, but the results seem to be encouraging.

The issue for me lies in the ideological and religious restrictions put in place on condom use.

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by Teak, Nov 15, 2011
Circumcision is much less effective than condom use at preventing HIV transmission. If used correctly every time a person has sex, condoms provide highly effective protection against HIV infection, whereas circumcision only prevents around 50 percent of infections. Even if a man has been circumcised, he must still abstain, be faithful or use condoms to substantially cut his risk of infection. Moreover, unlike condoms, circumcision does not prevent pregnancy.

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by Genesisi, Nov 15, 2011
Teak,

Agree with you 100%.

Can I ask what is your stance on HIV/AIDS in the developing world, with reference to issues with condom supply and religous restrictions on using condoms?

Thanks,


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by nursegirl6572, Nov 16, 2011
The most important factor needed to allow for prevention of HIV is quality education, especially in those countries where infection is seen at a higher rate.  There is way too much inaccurate and outdated information being put out there to this day, despite HUGE advances in the field.

Condoms, used properly, are effective in preventing HIV.  This is something that should be taught over and over and over.  Breaking down religous beliefs that put people in harm's way is not an easy thing to do...but again, with continued education, positive changes CAN be made.

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by Genesisi, Nov 16, 2011
I would agree.

It isn't easy to break down religious ideology.  But education is surely the best answer.

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