Circumcision does not appear to reduce the risk of HIV infection in American men of color, Reuters reports.
Black and Latino men are just as likely to become infected with the AIDS virus whether they were circumcised or not, according to a study conducted by Greg Millett, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other researchers.
"We also found no protective benefit for a subset of black MSM (men who have sex with men) who also had recent sex with female partners," Millett told reporters in a telephone briefing.
Millett's team studied 1,079 black and 957 Latino bisexual and homosexual men from New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. The men participated in a computer survey and were tested for the AIDS virus.
Overall, researchers found no association between circumcision status and HIV infection status among black or Latino, Millett said.