n South African Medical Journal - Voluntary male medical circumcision : debate : forum

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



The thoughtful editorial by Professor Ncayiyana concerning the national circumcision programme in South Africa rests on two central arguments: first, that the scientific evidence is insufficient to justify such 'serious energy, money and resources', particularly when circumcision programmes have the potential of diverting money from other more effective interventions; and second, that risk compensation (the potential increase in risky behaviour after circumcision) may nullify any benefits of circumcision.

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