Research Proves Circumcision can Prevent AIDS
Three new research studies have revealed that circumcision can effectively control AIDS transmission. New HIV cases fell by 76% after circumcising men in a township in South Africa. Without the circumcisions, AIDS would have infected many more men and women, reveal the researchers.
The researchers say circumcision is easy, cheap and effective. It costs only about $56, takes about 20 minutes to perform and is a one-time procedure. Previous trials in 2006 in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya found that circumcision halved HIV risk for men.
Circumcision campaigns have been launched in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have been affected badly by AIDS. These countries host about 66% of the 33 million AIDS patients worldwide. Till mid-2010, about 175,000 men had been circumcised in these 13 countries.
Circumcised men reveal their sexual pleasure is greater after the surgery. This fact will help ease fears about the procedure. But, newly circumcised men should not abandon condom use after surgery. Researchers say not even vaccines can provide 100% protection.
However, circumcision does not benefit women as it does not reduce their risk of AIDS. Its benefits also do not extend to homosexual intercourse.