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June 29, 2006

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STATEMENT
NIAID Trials of Adult Male Circumcision to Continue


On June 27 and 28, the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), met to review interim data from two NIAID-sponsored clinical trials of adult male circumcision to prevent HIV acquisition. The trials are being conducted in Kenya and Uganda. The DSMB analyzed the available data and recommended an additional interim analysis within the next year. At this time, there are not enough efficacy data to justify an early end to either trial. The DSMB did not identify any significant safety concerns in either trial. The trial in Uganda is scheduled to end in July 2007; the trial in Kenya is scheduled to end in September 2007.

For additional information about the trials, see Q&A: Adult Male Circumcision Trials in Kenya and Uganda

Media inquires can be directed to the NIAID OCPL media group at 301-402-1663, niaidnews@niaid.nih.gov.


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