Research Article

Randomized, Controlled Intervention Trial of Male Circumcision for Reduction of HIV Infection Risk: The ANRS 1265 Trial

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    Affiliations: Hôpital Ambroise-Paré, Assitance Publique—Hôpitaux de Paris, Boulogne, France, INSERM U 687, Saint-Maurice, France, University Versailles Saint-Quentin, Versailles, France, IFR 69, Villejuif, France

  • Dirk Taljaard,

    Affiliation: Progressus, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Emmanuel Lagarde,

    Affiliations: INSERM U 687, Saint-Maurice, France, IFR 69, Villejuif, France

  • Joëlle Sobngwi-Tambekou,

    Affiliation: INSERM U 687, Saint-Maurice, France

  • Rémi Sitta,

    Affiliations: INSERM U 687, Saint-Maurice, France, IFR 69, Villejuif, France

  • Adrian Puren

    Affiliation: National Institute for Communicable Disease, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Published: October 25, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020298

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Circumcision option

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:48 GMT

Author: Daniel Thorington
Position: Custodian
Submitted Date: November 05, 2005
Published Date: November 11, 2005
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

Before doctors go racing around the world with scalpels flashing in a circumcision frenzy .... please consider this alternative.
My father informed me when I was 15 that if I wanted to look circumcised, this is what I should do (he did it when he was a teenager, too): Wear the foreskin retracted for two hours the first day, then increase the time approx. 1 hour per day until there is no more discomfort or swelling. It took about 2 or 3 weeks. In time, the extra skin either was absorbed or contracted to the point that I could not cover the glans even if I wanted to. The result is indistinguishable from one that is circumcised. There is still a small fold of skin behind the glans where a small pocket of smegma can collect, but is easily washed off with routine bathing.
I would think this method would be much easier to promote.

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