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That's pathetically few to be drawing any statistical conclusions from, and then only of correlation, not causation.Were any of these men circumcised for religious reasons?We have shown for the first time that [men who have sex with men] who predominantly take on the insertive role in sex are less likely to contract HIV if theyve been circumcised, said Dr.David Templeton from the National Center for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research in Sydney.The circumcised men were more likely to be married and to have more than one wife, less likely to have ever been with a sex worker, or with more than three sex workers.
It used physical examination to determine circumcision status, and confined itself to churches that had similar views on polygamy and widow inheritance (of their late husbands' brothers as second husbands).
This study - unlike others - found no effect of age of circumcision on HIV acquistion, even if the circumcision took place after sexual activity began and after HIV was prevalent.
This suggests that circumcision itself is not the key factor.
"Scientists have power by virtue of the respect commanded by the discipline.
We may therefore be sorely tempted to misuse that power in furthering a personal prejudice or social goal -- why not provide that extra oomph by extending the umbrella of science over a personal preference in ethics or politics?