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Male Circumcision Is ‘Critical’ HIV Prevention Tool, UN Says

Voluntary adult male circumcision has emerged in the past decade as a “critical” tool to prevent HIV infection, according to a United Nation AIDS agency study.

The 139-page report said male circumcision offers a 60 percent reduction in HIV risk and the benefits are life-long. The number of people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, rose 27 percent, to 33 million, between 1999 and 2009, according to the report.