Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

16 September 2011

Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention

via Daily Monitor, by Moses Karugaba

In 2005, a randomised controlled trial conducted among uncircumcised men of 18-24 years in South Africa showed that male circumcision reduced the risk of acquiring HIV infection by 60 per cent. Two further studies conducted in Uganda and Kenya showed similar results. These three studies provide new, compelling evidence that male circumcision offers significant protection against acquiring HIV infection. These findings confirm those from previous observational studies and that of a meta-analysis of 28 published studies conducted in 2000.
What is Safe Male Circumcision (SMC)? Male circumcision involves the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head of the penis. In adult men, a four to six weeks period is required for the wound to heal fully compared to the one-week period when circumcision is performed for babies.

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