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Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2009 May;15(5):395-402.

[Male circumcision is an effective "surgical vaccine" for HIV prevention and reproductive health].

[Article in Chinese]

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  • 1Kunming Kangtao Biotechnology Co. Ltd, Kunming, Yunnan 650106, China..


Recent randomized controlled clinical trials in Africa have demonstrated that adult male circumcision (MC) efficiently decreases the rate of HIV, HPV and HSV-2 infections. Many studies have clearly shown that MC is a simple, safe, and cost-effective method for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and urinary tract infection, and for improving genital hygiene. While a 30% MC prevalence exists worldwide, only 5% or less of the Chinese males have undergone circumcision. In this review, we report recent trends in international MC and HIV prevention efforts, as well as the potential benefits and importance of promoting MC in China. We appeal to medical and public health authorities to pay close attention to the international experience in MC and HIV prevention.

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