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Adult Circumcision Reduces Risk of HIV Transmission Without Reducing Sexual Pleasure
Date:4/27/2009

hat circumcision is an important element of HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa," said Ira D. Sharlip, MD, an AUA spokesman. "At the same time, it should be emphasized that circumcision must be combined with other techniques of HIV prevention, such as safe sex and voluntary testing. It is not sufficient to rely on circumcision alone to prevent HIV transmission."

NOTE TO REPORTERS: Experts are available to discuss this study outside normal briefing times. To arrange an interview with an expert, please contact the AUA Communications Office at the number below or e-mail Lacey Dean at LDean@AUAnet.org.

Hallamore, S; Yow, M; Webb, D; Pask, A; Bolton, D. Remnant foreskin contains fewer Langerhans' cells--implications for human immunodeficiency transmission in circumcised men. J Urol, suppl. 2009: 181, 4, abstract 173.

Krieger, J; Mehta, S; Bailey, R; Agot, K; Ndinya-Achola, J; Parker, C; Moses, S. Adult male circumcision: effects on sexual function and penile coital injuries. J Urol, suppl. 2009: 181, 4, abstract 1041.

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