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MELBOURNE - A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women by reducing their risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum Friday. 

File photo of a nurse taking a blood sample in a mobile clinic set up to test students for HIV at a school near Mtubatuba in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

In a South African community where large numbers of men had been circumcised, women who only had sex with circumcised partners had a 15-percent-lower risk of being infected by HIV compared with women who also had uncircumcised partners, it found.

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