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Could Anal Sex Be A Reason For AIDS In Africa?



In years past, two men I know spent time in Africa. Both saw prostitutes. Both prostitutes indicated that they wanted to perform anal sex(presumably, to keep from getting pregnant). Could this be a reason for heterosexual AIDS in Africa since the anus is not designed for this and easily is torn?


Heterosexual transmission of AIDS in Africa seems to be doing just fine with vaginal intercourse, multiple heterosexual partners and a higher prevalence of genital ulcer diseases (that facilitate passage of the virus). No other explanation is needed to understand this.

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Kenneth   Skahan, MD Kenneth Skahan, MD
Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati