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Hook 'snip' row in AIDS debate

BROADCASTER George Hook has stirred up controversy after suggesting that male circumcision could protect against AIDS.

The veteran presenter was hosting a discussion about the ethics of female circumcision before the talk moved to the issue of male circumcision.

The Newstalk host referred to research which he said provided a link between the operation and the transmission of HIV.

"In fact, there is really solid evidence to suggest that circumcised males are less likely to pick up AIDS than uncircumcised," Hook said.

Dublin AIDS Alliance said that circumcision does not provide outright protection against AIDS.

James O'Connor, of Open Heart House, also pointed out that it was not possible to "pick up AIDS" and that AIDS is what results from having HIV.

A representative for Newstalk was unavailable for comment.