June 15, 2017

Study advises voluntary circumcision for older men to stop ‘vicious HIV cycle’

Written by ANA

This post originally appeared on IOL.

A greater proportion of uncircumcised men test HIV-positive with increasing age, according to a study presented at the eighth South African Aids Conference in Durban yesterday.
It was hoped that the information gathered in the study would be used to further attract older men to undergo HIV testing by offering voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) to interrupt the “vicious HIV cycle”.

The study was conducted by the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, using routinely collected data at five VMMC clinics in three provinces between 2010 and 2015.

The study found that at the age of 22, there was a rise in HIV-positive results and, from age 40, there was a rapid rise, however, neither of these groups was particularly big.

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