Circumcision offers less HIV protection for gays

jeff's picture

Mainly posting this since Azul always uses HIV protection as part of his circumcision defense. :-)

Little HIV protection from circumcision for gay sex: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Circumcision, which has been found to reduce by about one-half the transmission of HIV between heterosexuals, appears to offer far less protection for men engaging in homosexual intercourse, according to a study released Tuesday.

The research published in the October 8 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association compiled 15 discrete studies of more than 50,000 male subjects in Africa.

The report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that male circumcision appears to reduce by between 50 and 60 percent the likelihood of female-to-male transmission of the potentially deadly AIDS virus.

But among men who report having male sexual partners, researchers found little difference in the rate of HIV infection between those who were circumcised and those who were not.

Of 53,567 subjects in the study, 52 percent were circumcised, meaning that they had had all or some of the foreskin removed from the penis.

The study's authors wrote that circumcision appears to provide "not statistically significant" protection from HIV in men who engage in anal sex with other men. The researchers said however that more research may be necessary to quantify the amount of protection -- or lack thereof -- provided by circumcision.

That view was echoed in an editorial that accompanied the article. A team of peer reviewers from Vanderbilt University concluded that "circumcision would likely be insufficiently efficient to be universally effective in reducing HIV risk, and will have to be combined with other prevention modalities to have a substantial and sustained prevention effect."

The findings did suggest however, that male circumcision may offer men engaging in heterosexual intercourse some protection against sexually-transmitted infections, such as syphilis or chlamydia.

Adam A's picture

meow

ouch?

Apollo Alexander's picture

K just wanna add...

OK so you know this infamous study EVERYONE is citing about how circumcision offers better protection from AIDS? So here's the skinny. IT IS NOT ACCURATE. The numbers were taken from interviewing men who have sex with prostitutes. Since in the region that circumcision is not a widespread practice, there are also more cities and thus more prostitutes, there are going to be more results that say that uncircumcised men get AIDS. Plus a lot of the circumcised regions interviewed have high muslim populations, and since prostitution is bad, the results in muslim countries are obviously going to say that circumcision is the way to go. SO there put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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i like smoking pipes...

BIG pipes...
:-)

Azul's picture

You mean the joint UNAIDS

You mean the joint UNAIDS and WHO study? The study that was funded by the world?

I seriously doubt that UNAIDS and the WHO would actually put forth a seriously-flawed study. I mean the study is world-accredited and is being used to form policies.

-Ruby-'s picture

i wouldn't eat a banana with the peel still on it...

and i wouldn't suck a did with the foreskin still attached.
*shudders*
"gay or straight, black or white, if your dick's not cut... i'll just say goodnight". (that means no blow job for you, mister!)

fortunately where i live, there are more than enough guys who are jewish or otherwise cut. so i'm lucky i guess... if i lived in a place where the majority of guys weren't cut, i probably wouldn't be so picky.

jeff's picture

Hmm...

Isn't it an oxymoron to be able to deep throat and be shallow?

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Apollo Alexander's picture

LOL

HAHAHAHHAHAH clever jeff!

Adam A's picture

meow

clever and perverted

-Ruby-'s picture

he's not that perverted...

i actually can deepthroat. haven't sucked a dick since my ex-bf tho.
but anyway, my preference for cut dicks over un-cut ones isn't shallowness, it's just a personal preference. we all have personal preferences. for example, jeff prefers men over women. i know that a whole person is multifaceted, and it's disproportionate to have a major focus on the genitalia. which is why i wouldn't date an asshole with a perfect body either. that's why dave and i didn't work out, eventually the sex was the only thing in the relationship that we DIDN'T fight about.

Adam A's picture

meow

check you out getting all philosophical....slut!
i win!

jeff's picture

Hmm, not really...

A preference is something you like more, but both are possible. So, I prefer pumpkin pie to apple... but I'd eat both. Unlike your example...

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Adam A's picture

meow

fucking breeder! hahahahahahahaha

nothing wrong with uncut! or cut! so long as its not green

Azul's picture

Aw shit... Can we just

Aw shit... Can we just forget about the study you cited Jeff?

I'm wondering if N-9 lubes were used though considering that N-9 lubes cause an increase in transmission rates of HIV and other STD's/STI's.

Uncertain's picture

Mmm...

I think it doesn't matter because either way - you should still be using protection!

So not that relevant-
Unless they do another study called circumcision tears more condoms for gays

jeff's picture

Err...

A bit utopic, though. Do a google search on "bareback"

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Azul's picture

Well, if the condom breaks

Well, if the condom breaks and you don't know it, then circumcision has a use, at least in vaginal-penile sex.