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Global Health
September 17, 2014

Adult Male Circumcision Not Associated With Risky Sexual Behavior

JAMA. 2014;312(11):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12652

Young African men who have been circumcised to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV are not more likely than uncircumcised men to engage in unprotected sex and other risky sexual behaviors, report researchers from the United States and Kenya (Westercamp N et al. AIDS Behav. doi:10.1007/s10461-014-0846-4 [published online July 22, 2014]).

Several previous trials have shown that voluntary medical male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission of HIV by about 60% (Thirumurthy H et al. JAMA. 2014;312[7]:703-711). But questions have been raised as to whether some men might engage in risky sexual behaviors after the operation.