Follow-up study backs circumcision against HIV
PARIS (AFP) - A follow-up probe into the use of circumcision to thwart the Aids virus has confirmed that foreskin removal greatly reduces the risk of HIV infection for men.
So say a team led by French researcher Bertran Auvert, whose pioneering work, unveiled in 2006, helped unleash a circumcision campaign in Aids-hit sub-Saharan Africa.
Three major trials took place in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda to test the effectiveness of circumcision in preventing infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes Aids.
Initial data pointed to a risk reduction of half, an estimate that was later boosted to 65 to 76 per cent, according to the location.