oa South African Medical Journal - Legality of circumcision in South Africa : correspondence

Volume 103, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



We read with interest David McQuoid-Mason's article concerning the legality of circumcision in South Africa in terms of the Constitution and the Children's Act. Unfortunately, his statement that circumcision could lead to 'reversal in the gains made against HIV infection' shows that his piece is one of proselytism, not scholarship. Like the AIDS deniers before him, McQuoid-Mason repudiates strong scientific evidence, global public health authorities and the World Health Organization, which has endorsed circumcision as a priority preventive intervention in the struggle against HIV.

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