n South African Medical Journal - The medical proof doesn't get much better than VMMC : debate : forum

Volume 102, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The editorial on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) has many scientific inaccuracies and ignores the latest literature. Previous 'scientific' challenges on the VMMC evidence have had rebuttals co-signed by many local prevention scientists. Ncayiyana does not acknowledge that despite the long presence of the prevention 'abstain, be faithful and condomise' (ABCs), the impact on HIV prevention progress has been slow, resulting in hundreds of thousands of mostly young South Africans dying. Substantially lowering incidence will only be achieved with the introduction and scale-up of new technologies.

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