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Male Circumcision in the AIDS Era

Judith E. Brown

in AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032535
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032535.003.0005
Male Circumcision in the AIDS Era

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This chapter examines the importance of the current research by anthropologists on male circumcision as a possible HIV intervention in Africa. It explains that modern biomedical evidence is growing that male circumcision offers partial protection against the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI). It evaluates whether make circumcision should be offered as a measure to lower the probability of disease transmission and whether it should be offered even in societies that never practiced it.

Keywords: male circumcision; HIV intervention; Africa; anthropologists; STI; disease prevention; disease transmission

Chapter.  5115 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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