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15 August 2018

Surprise HIV finding in SA circumcision study

Medical Brief

Circumcision is a proven intervention that reduces the chance of contracting HIV by 60%, but a study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga had a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men. A possible explanation is that men are taking greater sexual risks after circumcision.

Business Day reports that the findings appear to suggest that it needs to be communicated to both men and women that circumcision does not offer 100% protection against HIV.

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Medical Brief