Question: Does circumcision prevent HIV?
Answer: No, circumcision does not prevent HIV.
HIV is transmitted through blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. To prevent HIV from spreading, a barrier must block the transfer of these fluids between two people. Circumcision has no effect on blocking fluids, and therefore does not prevent HIV.
Latex condoms have been proven as the safest and most effective barrier to protect against HIV for over 30 years now. When used properly and consistently, they are highly effective at blocking the transmission of HIV. Doctors and medical professionals unanimously agree that condoms are the safest barrier against fluids during sexual intercourse.
I encourage all sexually active adults to get tested every 6 months, know your status and know your partner’s status. If you are uncertain about a status, I encourage you to consider mutual masturbation instead, as it is far less risky. But if you do choose to engage in sexual activity, using a latex condom can dramatically reduce the risks of HIV.
Don’t be fooled by recent news reports that are claiming circumcision may reduce the risk of HIV transmission. They are a dangerous distraction because they assume people have risky, unprotected sex. Be smart and be safe. Wear a condom every time you have sexual intercourse to reduce the risks of transmitting and spreading HIV.
Good luck and good health to you!
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