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Circumcised HIV+ men less likely to infect partners

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Male circumcision might reduce the risk of HIV transmission from HIV-positive men to their female partners, according to a study presented Wednesday at the 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Denver, Reuters reports. Ronald Gray of Johns Hopkins University and colleagues examined the medical records of more than 300 couples in which the man infected the woman. The study demonstrates that male circumcision reduces the rate of HIV transmission to the women by 30%, with 299 women contracting HIV from uncircumcised partners and 44 women contracting HIV from circumcised partners (Fox, Reuters, 2/8). The couples came from a Rakai, Uganda, study population of 12,000 people being monitored to track HIV transmission (JHU release, 2/9). The researchers said the reduced risk of transmission might be related to the structure of the foreskin, which can contain a concentration of the virus that is nine times the amount found in the outer layers of the penis (Towie,, 2/8). Male circumcision also was found to reduce the rate of women’s infection with trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis, the study says. The findings need to be confirmed by other trials before any recommendations can be made, Thomas Quinn, a professor of infectious diseases at JHU who presented the study at the conference, said. Researchers also presented further evidence at the conference that male circumcision reduces female-to-male HIV transmission (Reuters, 2/8). Male circumcision previously has been shown to protect men from HIV. According to a study published in the November 2005 issue of PLoS Medicine, male circumcision might reduce the risk of female-to-male transmission by about 60% (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/26/05).
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2 Responses to “Circumcised HIV+ men less likely to infect partners”

  1. I’m infected with HIV + . I’ve just married a girl with whome i’m in love since long. I’m infected through blood transfusion 7 years before as i am a thalassaemia major and due to this i’m also infected with hipetitis C . My wife knows about thalassaemia major but she doesn’t knows about HIV. And i and my family don’t want to tell her about HIV.She is HIV -. We are practicing safe sex till now by using condoms. I’ve got married just 3 days ago. I’m also avoiding oral sex. But now my wife tries to avoid condom.She wants to apply copper T. And she needs a child as soon as possible. I don’t want to transmit these virus to my wife. Is there any posibilities to have a healthy and normal child and also my wife should be safe? And is there any other precaution other than using condom ? Can we do oral sex ? Please help me in guiding. This can also be a very challenging job for you as i’m suffering from 3 major diseases. ( I’m not worried of thalassaemia as my wife is normal and she does not carries any thalassaemia virus, so my child also won’t carry thalassaemia. ). I’m worried about HIV to my wife and if possible my would be child. I hereby request to guide me.

  2. Yeast infections are not considered to be sexually transmitted infections (STI) because a celibate woman can develop them, but having unprotected sex can pass them along. A man who has unprotected sex with a woman who has an active yeast infection can get a penile yeast infection. Transmission of genital yeast infections from woman to man is uncommon, but it does happen.