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Wed, 02/15/2012 - 13:43

A new paper from my group, in the open-access journal PLoS One:

Jonathan Dushoff, Audrey Patocs, Chyun-Fung Shi, 2011. Modeling the Population-Level Effects of Male Circumcision as an HIV-Preventive Measure: A Gendered Perspective. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28608. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028608.

Published: December 20, 2011

As the title suggests, this paper uses mathematical models to expose possible gendered effects of male circumcision. It investigates the possibility that male circumcision, which does seem to reduce long-term prevalence of HIV, benefiting both men and women, might in some cases lead to reduced prevalence in men but increased prevalence in women if men become overly reassured and abandon safer-sex behaviors. The authors find that this can happen in a broad range of model scenarios, and conclude that education and other social interventions can be very important in conjunction with circumcision.

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