n South African Medical Journal - The illusive promise of circumcision to prevent female-to-male HIV infection - not the way to go for South Africa : from the editor

Volume 101, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



, screamed the headline in the online Bloomberg news, taking its cue from the reported findings of a randomised, controlled intervention trial (RCT) conducted at Orange Farm, Gauteng. The findings were presented by French researcher Bertran Auvert in July 2011 at an AIDS conference in Rome, showing that circumcision significantly reduced the risk of female-to-male transmission of HIV. 'We are changing the social norm,' Auvert gushed at a news conference. 'It's the first time in the world that we have a successful intervention in a community to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV between adults.'

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