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Female circumcision is a terrible thing, but it's not true to say that "it increases the risk of HIV transmission". It actually seems to decrease the risk.

The 2005 Stallings study showed the following:

Results: In the final logistic model, circumcision remained highly significant [OR=0.60; 95% CI 0.41,0.88] while adjusted for region, household wealth, age, lifetime partners, union status, and recent ulcer.

Conclusions: A lowered risk of HIV infection among circumcised women was not attributable to confounding with another risk factor in these data.

January 1, 2010 - 8:17am


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