The United States supports male circumcision in foreignmilitaries to prevent the spread of HIV, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports. AIDS coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby conveyed this support to 400delegates at a meeting on AIDS and the military with officials from 80countries, including Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Studies show that circumcision can dramaticallyreduce HIV rates among heterosexual men: A study in South Africa found new HIVcases fell by 76 percent after a wide circumcision program; 2006 trials inKenya, Uganda and South Africa found that it reduced men’s risk of contracting HIVin half; and a long-term analysis has found that circumcision reduces risk by about60 percent. The United States is now sponsoring several programs in Africa witha goal of circumcising 4 million men by 2013.  

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