A recent study published to the Journal of of the American Medical Association finds no hard evidence that circumcision protects gay men from HIV. Previous trials, conducted in Africa, have shown that circumcision reduces the likelihood of female to male HIV transmission by up to 60%. However, US analysis of data collected from 53,567 men who have sex with men found that HIV rates were not significantly lower among those who were circumsized. To check out the BBC News article, visit this link:
For some historical context, follow the link below to read a BBC News article published in 2006 titled, “Male Circumcision Cuts HIV Risk.” Keep in mind that this article reports on a study conducted using a sample population consisting only of men who self-identify as heterosexual (in contrast to the article above which discusses circumsicion among men who have sex with men).
The moral of the story as stated by Michael Carter of the UK National AIDS Manual, an HIV information service:
“Circumcision may have a place in this in some settings, but so too do good sexual health, consistent condom use, and there’s real excitement and debate about the role of HIV treatment in prevention…Rather than [or in addition to] encouraging gay men to be circumcised, investment in prevention should focus on targeted education programmes, condom provision and easy access to testing.””