Tuesday, April 26, 2005

HIV CORRELATION?

While avoiding housework mindlessly surfing catching up on the news this morning, I found reference to a correlation I hadn't been aware of:
the high risk areas for HIV coincide with tribes who are uncircumcised. In Africa, it seems a man is much more likely to get HIV if he is uncircumcised.

That's a correlation that is strictly limited to heterosexual transmission, BTW. If anyone has any further information about this link, please email me.

1 comment:

Francis W. Porretto said...

That makes a certain amount of sense. The retention of the foreskin gives rise to more small wounds from the forces and frictions of intercourse, and HIV can only be transmitted reliably by blood-to-blood or semen-to-blood contact.