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Circumcision reduces HIV infections in men and women

Circumcision reduces HIV infections in men and women

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Researchers discovered the age old custom of male circumcision was effective in reducing the number of new HIV infections in men.

Now, they've found it could also help reduce transmission to women.

The findings, presented at the International AIDS conference in Melbourne, are from a study conducted in the township of Orange Farm in South Africa where male circumcision has never been part of the culture.

The researchers found the rate of HIV prevalence in women who had sexual relations with only circumcised men was 18 percent, about half the rate of women who had sexual relations with uncircumcised men.

Reporter: Alison Caldwell

Speaker: Dr Kevin Jean, Centre of Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris

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