AFRICA: How the circumcision solution will increase HIV infections

Dr. Robert S. Van Howe and Dr. Michelle R. Storms have published the following paper in the Journal of Public Health in Africa (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011). Full article available at the link below.

How the circumcision solution in Africa will increase HIV infections 


The World Health Organization and UNAIDS have supported circumcision as a preventive for HIV infections in regions with high rates of heterosexually transmitted HIV; however, the circumcision solution has several fundamental flaws that undermine its potential for success. This article explores, in detail, the data on which this recommendation is based, the difficulty in translating results from high risk adults in a research setting to the general public, the impact of risk compensation, and how circumcision compares to existing alternatives. Based on our analysis it is concluded that the circumcision solution is a wasteful distraction that takes resources away from more effective, less expensive, less invasive alternatives. By diverting attention away from more effective interventions, circumcision programs will likely increase the number of HIV infections.

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1 Response to AFRICA: How the circumcision solution will increase HIV infections

  1. I’m sure this will be reported by all the major outlets and the studies and hear-say that back up that the foreskin is ‘dirty’ will be flushed down the toilet immediately.
    After which, the CDC will reconsider its publications.

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