Neonatal Circumcision does not reduce HIV Infection Rates
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.
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
Neonatology; HIV Prevention; Ethics; Circumcision
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South African Medical Journal 2008;98(10):762.
Date submitted: 2008-06-04
Date published: 2008-10-08
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