Wednesday, October 08, 2003

AIDS: connection between circumcision and HIV

Please note, I haven't looked into this story ... but here's the bit tha caught my attention.

Some researchers are looking into whether being circumcized reduces the chances of HIV infection in men. Here's the interessting bit ...
Some researchers argue that the skin on the inside of the male foreskin is 'mucosal', similar to the skin found on the inside of the mouth or nose. This mucosal skin reportedly has a high number of langerhan cells, which are HIV target cells rich in white blood cells or doorway cells for HIV.

... The Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe, Ahmed Latif, says scientific evidence does prove that circumcision in children allows the skin to keratinize (harden) like the back of the hand, thereby affording a great deal of protection against infections.