Safe snipping: medical vs traditional circumcision: changing risky sexual habits

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2011
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer, L.Simbayi, M.Banyini, Q.Kekana
KEYWORDS: HIV/AIDS, MALE CIRCUMCISION, MEDICAL CARE, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
DEPARTMENT: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/september-2011/safe-snipping
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 7019

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Abstract

It is now indisputable that male circumcision performed in a medical facility protects against HIV. But there is also evidence that the protective benefits of male circumcision are undermined by 'risk compensation', or a lack of restraint when it comes to sexual behaviour. KARL PELTZER, LEICKNESS SIMBAYI, MERCY BANYINI and QUEEN KEKANA undertook two studies - among the first of their kind - to investigate whether counselling could limit this phenomenon among both medically circumcised and traditionally circumcised men.