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Male circumcision: an acceptable strategy for HIV prevention in Botswana
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  • Published on:
    HIV and Circumcision: New Factors to Consider
    • George Hill, Executive Secretary
    • Other Contributors:
      • George C. Denniston, MD, MPH

    Dear Editor

    Kebaabetswe et al0. obviously believe the conventional wisdom that heterosexual sex is the major vector for the transmission/reception of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and that male circumcision is an effective deterrent to infection.[1]> Based on that belief, they have constructed an elaborate and impressive study of the acceptability of circumcision as a prophylactic measure in Botswana. Fu...

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    None declared.
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    Issues associated with the introduction of circumcision into a non-circumcising society

    Dear Editor

    A team lead by Kebaabetswe propose the introduction of infant circumcision in Botwana, based on:

    1. a survey of its acceptability to Batswana,
    2. its practice in certain Western nations, and
    3. its alleged value in preventing HIV infection.[1]

    There are several medical, psychological, sexual, social, ethical, and legal problems with this pro...

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    None declared.
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    Male circumcision as prophylaxis

    Dear Editor

    As a strategy for preventing sexually transmitted infections, surgical reduction of genital tissue has its drawbacks. Taylor et al. found that circumcision removes "an important component of the overall sensory mechanism of the human penis" [1] Winkelmann described the prepuce as a "specific erogenous zone".[2] Fink et al. found a statistically significant decrease in penile sensation following...

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