Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Medical Evidence: Circumcised men at less risk for HIV infection

According to Szabo & Short (2000) over 40 studies have shown that the circumcised male has less risk of HIV infection. The epidemiological evidence is conclusive and the answer lies in the foreskin. On the inner surface of the foreskin are Langerhans' cells that have HIV receptors which are the primary point where the virus enters into the penis of uncircumcised men. Additionally, research of HIV receptor blockers is being studied to develop some type of application that could be applied before sex.

The BBC News reports that HIV infection can be reduced by 50% in circumcised heterosexual men according to study trials done in Africa. The World Health Organization fears circumcisions may increase risky behaviors and recommends the continued use of other preventions, especially the correct usage of condoms.

Thanks to 'The Reveler' on http://www.saipanmiddleroad.blogspot.com/ for the blog titled "Study: Good to be cut". It was because of one of the comments made that I decided this to be important information to share with the GLBT community and friends.

Island Dyke

Reference:

Szabo, R. & Short, R. (2000) How does male circumcision protect against HIV infection? British Medical Journal, June 10, 2000. Retrieved on August 08, 2007, from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0999/is_7249_320/ai_63089402

PLAYER 8th WWW NOL BBC News Video Clip. Retrieved on August 8, 2007, from
http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_6170000/newsid_6178000/6178001.stm?bw=nb&mp=rm&nol_storyid=6178001&news=1

6 comments:

receiver not taker said...

interesting receptors foreskin can have.

bradinthesand said...

Hi there I.D.,
Love the blog. As for your poll about tattoos, I think my decision depends on what the tattoo is, but I voted that it doesn't make a difference.

If it was a... okay, I guess examples really aren't appropriate ;)

Keep writing and I'll keep reading.
Brad

bradinthesand said...

Oh, and I added your link. Saw you had mine already. Sorry I took so long!

Brad

joneses said...

brad, u cut? ;-)

Island Dyke said...

Hey Brad,
Thanks for reading and adding the link.

bradinthesand said...

ha ha ha...


...well, i'm catholic.