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February 11, 2013

Circumcision May Not Be Effective HIV Prevention in Britain

Circumcision is unlikely to be an effective HIV prevention strategy among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Britain, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Researchers examined the association between circumcision status and self-reported HIV status among MSM in Britain who mostly engaged in insertive anal sex. HIV rates were similar for circumcised tops (8.6 percent) and uncircumcised tops (8.9 percent). Tops are generally at lower risk of HIV than bottoms, but both are at risk.

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Editor's Note: This article has been updated.

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Dario, Ozone Park, 2013-02-14 15:14:06
It's obvious that either way men will still get infected with the virus. Circumcised men are equally at risk for infection as uncut men. I never believed those researchers that have done investigations on African men. The main protection is using condoms, hygiene or not sex at all!!

James Loewen, Vancouver, BC, 2013-02-14 11:59:43
Circumcision May Not Be Effective HIV Prevention in Britain... OR ANYWHERE! How about POZ do an in-depth expose of this whole "circumcision to prevent HIV" SCAM!

MASTER MAT, BOSTON MA USA, 2013-02-12 17:55:10
Tops can get HIV. I am and was a top, only once in my life did I have recpetive annal sex, that was long before HIV and he never got HIV. i got it from my bottom sexual partner. Tops can and do get HIV.

MAT STRAZZ, BOSTON,MA, USA, 2013-02-12 17:50:14
Have been saying using circumcision, as a way to reduce HIV infection, is a false idea. the people in Africa in the first studies, you were matching, groups of men who were cut, and those who were uncut, and their infection. Less cut men were infected, but the reason can be all kinds of cultural artifacts, sanitation, and other reasons. To use circumcision to prevent HIV will leave to deaths, many African boys die to to infection from circumcision.

Greg H, Davenport, FL, 2013-02-12 13:29:17
Sorry boluke, but one CAN be infected being "a top." The urethra is a mucus-membrane, and if the virus comes in contact with it, you can become infected. How do you think straight men become infected from women?

Greg H, , 2013-02-12 13:24:24
The way this article is worded makes me wonder what's so special about a Brit's penis. Seriously though, circumcision is mutilation, and I really resent that very personal decision being made for me as an infant. Every article I've read claims that the head of the penis is meant to be protected by the foreskin.

Buffalo Gough, Lowestoft., 2013-02-12 12:01:51
Just seen the comment from boluke. How stupid are you. Of course there is a chance of a Top picking up HIV from unprotected sex. You need to learn the facts before you start posting such stupid comments. I recommend

Chris, , 2013-02-12 11:24:10
I'm with Christopher Hitchens on this one - genital mutilation is NOT the way to go, whatever the issue! In a culture that knows about soap and water, circumcision is barbaric, cruel and simply not helpful.

Dan, Lake Elsinore, 2013-02-12 11:09:19
Duh!!! Why not cut your eyelids off to,to see if you can still cry!!!

Laura, Trevor, 2013-02-12 10:37:17
My son was circumsized in 1970 when he was born. He became HIV positive in 1993 and passed away from AIDS in 2010. Doesn't appear that was a prevention!

boluke, , 2013-02-11 13:48:08
That was a bunch of b.s. from the beginning , and one cannot get HIV from being a top , whatever !

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