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AIDS 2014: Adult Male Circumcision Also Protects Women from HIV Infection [VIDEO]

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Voluntary medical male circumcision -- which has been shown to reduce the risk of men acquiring HIV by around 50% -- also offers protection for their female partners, according to study findings presented Friday at the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place this week in Melbourne.

Study ANRS 12126, conducted by the French National AIDS Research Agency in Orange Farm near Johannesburg, South Africa, found that the HIV incidence rate among women who only had sex with circumcised men was 18%, compared with 30% among women who had sex with uncircumcised men.

Researcher Kévin Jean from INSERM in Villejuif, France, summarized findings from the study at an AIDS 2014 media briefing on Wednesday.

Kévin Jean speaks at AIDS 2014 media briefing, July 22, 2014

7/25/14

Reference

K Jean, P Lissouba, D Taljaard, B Auvert, et al. HIV incidence among women is associated with their partners' circumcision status in the township of Orange Farm (South Africa) where the male circumcision roll-out is ongoing (ANRS-12126). 20th International AIDS Conference. Melbourne, July 20-25 2014. Abstract FRAE0105LB.