Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 25, No. 4, 2013, pp. 113-115
Bioline Code: mm13028
Full paper language: English
Document type: View Point
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2013, pp. 113-115
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Interpreting and dismissing the relevance of the “wait and wipe” finding from the circumcision studies conducted in Africa|
Ndebele, P.; Ruzario, S. & Gutsire-Zinyama, R.
Some of the secondary findings from the circumcision studies conducted
in Africa, are both interesting and difficult to explain. This paper focuses
on the finding that uncircumcised men who waited for ten minutes after
sexual intercourse and then wiped their penises using a dry cloth, had
lower rates of HIV infection compared to those who cleaned using a wet
cloth or those who cleaned within three minutes of having intercourse.
The paper also focuses on the finding on men who became infected and
yet they reported no sexual acts or 100% condom use. Interpretations that
have been provided so far in trying to explain these two interesting findings
are somewhat inadequate. Because of the inadequate interpretation that
has been provided, anti-circumcision lobbyist are presenting the “wait
and wipe strategy” as an alternative to circumcision for HIV prevention.
In this paper, we argue that waiting for ten minutes and wiping with a
dry cloth does not prevent men from becoming infected by HIV. We
therefore attempt to present some alternative views.
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