AMAZING: Ronald Gray would rather 100+ infant boys die than to give them the HPV vaccine later in life

Statistically insignificant difference in HPV infection in circumcised and intact men? Check.

Slightly higher HPV clearance rate in circumcised men? Ok, check.

Highly efficacious HPV vaccine available and recommended for girls and boys? Double check (double because there are two vaccines currently available).

Conclusion of Ronald Gray and colleagues of the circumcision lobby: Circumcise neonates and give adults the vaccine.

As we’ve seen, neonates in the United States alone suffer more than a hundred deaths a year from circumcision complications in relatively ideal medical conditions. And as Gray tells us, circumcision does not stop HPV infection like the vaccines do, but rather merely provides a slightly higher clearance rate. Does that mean Gray is advocating a policy with unacceptable and unnecessary risks and essentially no benefit? Check.

Reference (study and accompanying opinion)

Serwadda D et al. Circumcision of HIV-infected men: effects on high-risk human papillomavirus infections in a randomized trial in Rakai, Uganda. J Infect Dis 201: 1463-70, 2010.

Gray RH et al. Male circumcision decreases acquisition and increases clearance of high-risk human papillomavirus in HIV-negative men: a randomized trial in Rakai, Uganda. J Infect Dis 201: 1455-62, 2010.

Viscidi RP et al. Adult male circumcision: will it reduce disease caused by human papillomavrius? J Infect Dis 201: 1447-49, 2010.

Link: Male circumcision provides some protection against high-risk HPV, but
public health benefits unclear

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2 Responses to AMAZING: Ronald Gray would rather 100+ infant boys die than to give them the HPV vaccine later in life

  1. Joseph Lewis says:

    Is there going to be a sympathetic study on the effects of FGM on HPV acquisition? Or is this another study seeking to legitimize male infant circumcision only?

  2. Joe says:

    I could easily see a future where there is a powerful highly efficient HIV vaccine but someone like Gray et al. continue to promote MGM for that reason. Why should reasonable alternatives get in the way of their desire to circumcise boys and/or try to show that there is some reason (no matter how ridiculous) for it?

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