National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers South Africa

Surgically removing foreskins, in the erroneous hope that it will reduce HIV rates is both misguided and unethical. In South Africa we already have large population samples that have been circumcised, such as the Xhosa tribe, yet their HIV rates are no different from tribes that have not been circumcised, such as the Zulu tribe. Using the studies, performed in sterile situations, that do not represent real world settings, to justify circumcision while selectively ignoring real world data that contradicts their findings, is disastrous.

Already circumcision programs have begun throughout Africa, with none having instituted proper follow-up research to monitor the men that they are cutting and their sex partners. This is not an example of evidence-based medicine, and will cause much harm.

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