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Prevention (Of AIDS) By Circumcision More Cost-effective Than Cure

by Medindia Content Team on  December 26, 2006 at 4:51 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
Prevention (Of AIDS) By Circumcision More Cost-effective Than Cure
Prevention (Of AIDS) By Circumcision More Cost-effective Than Cure
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A remarkable trial conducted in Orange Farm, South Africa, concluded that male circumcision could considerably reduce HIV infection. As an extension of this trial, the researchers studied the economical aspects of this approach in preventing HIV/AIDS.

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The results of this new research is published in PLoS Medicine, and suggests that circumcision could reduce the cost of health care in South Africa, mainly through savings on the cost of HIV treatment.

The researchers carried out a set of calculations, using the results from their major 'Orange Farm trialâ€TM, and making other assumptions based on data from elsewhere. Their mathematical model was based on a hypothetical group of 1,000 men, all of whom would be circumcised. The researchers calculated that in such a hypothetical group, the cost of providing male circumcision, per HIV infection prevented, would be around $180. Overall, this procedure seemed to be cost saving when the cost of HIV treatment was considered; around $2.4 million would be saved for the 1,000 men circumcised.

The overall cost of male circumcision, per HIV infection prevented, is reasonable as compared to the costs of other strategies for prevention of HIV. There would also be implications for HIV prevention programs in other African countries.

Source: Eurekalert PRI/M
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The September 2006 issue of the "Journal of AIDS" reports that washing genitals after sex reduces risk of HIV infection. Why not focus on that easier, cheaper mode of prevention?
guest Thursday, January 4, 2007
This is controversial scientific paper. Better designed studies are reqd to prove if circumcision can prevent AIDS.
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