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article imageCircumcision can reduce HIV risk, says study

By Owen Weldon     Apr 17, 2013 in Health
According to a study, published in the online journal mBio and released on Tuesday, men's chances of being infected with HIV are reduced if they are circumcised.
According to RawStory, circumcision changes the microbiome of the penis, and it seems that the number of anaerobic bacteria that is present on the penis is reduced.
According to LA Times, when the number of anaerobic bacteria present is reduced, then immune cells in the body may be better able to destroy the virus, as well as maybe reducing the chances of falling prey to the virus's Trojan horse-style of attack.
According to UPI, senior author Dr. Lance Price, who is the director of the TGen Center for Microbiomics and Human Health, which is a Phoenix non-profit research organization, said that it is known that circumcision can prevent other diseases in men, including HIV, but it is important to know why. He went on
Further studies will need to be conducted to see if a change in the penis microbiome can reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
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