Neonatal Circumcision does not reduce HIV Infection Rates

Daniel Sidler, Heinz Rode, J Smith


Non-therapeutic infant circumcision has become a medicalised ritual mainly in English speaking countries and is unjustly and increasingly advocated as a prevention tool of HIV/AIDS without critical consideration of its practicality, cost and risks. It is of concern that the WHO/UNAIDS is hastily advising mass MC roll-out as a prevention tool of female to male HIV acquisition, without considering risks involved to woman.49 A much broader review process is necessary, involving more objective scientific opinion and representative panel of African experts, including pediatric surgeons before any MC could be written into policy.

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Daniel Sidler, Tygerberg Hospital University of Stellenbosch

Heinz Rode, Red Cross Children's Hospital University of Cape Town

J Smith, Tygerberg Hopital University of Stellenbosch

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Neonatology; HIV Prevention; Ethics; Circumcision

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South African Medical Journal 2008;98(10):762.

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Date submitted: 2008-06-04
Date published: 2008-10-08

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