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Research Article

The Potential Impact of Male Circumcision on HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Brian G Williams mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: williamsbg@who.int

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Stop TB Department, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • James O Lloyd-Smith,

    Affiliations: Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States of America, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Eleanor Gouws,

    Affiliation: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Policy, Evidence, and Partnerships Department, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Catherine Hankins,

    Affiliation: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Policy, Evidence, and Partnerships Department, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Wayne M Getz,

    Affiliation: Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • John Hargrove,

    Affiliation: South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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  • Isabelle de Zoysa,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Family and Community Health, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Christopher Dye,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Stop TB Department, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Bertran Auvert

    Affiliations: INSERM, Saint Maurice, France, University of Versailles-Saint Quentin, Faculté de Médecine Paris-Ile-de-France-Ouest, Saint Maurice, France, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Ambroise Pare, Boulogne, France

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  • Published: July 11, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030262

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Too simplistic a study

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:57 GMT

Author: Joe Edmonson
Position: student
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E-mail: jace@dc.rr.com
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Submitted Date: July 12, 2006
Published Date: July 19, 2006
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

Simply put, the flaws are that there are no groups indicated that used simple hygene on themselves to help combat HIV. Soap and water used to clean the penis after sex was not a part of this very flawed study. Leaving me to believe it is just another push for unwarranted circumcision. The risks of infection from circumcision aren't addressed either. Overall its rather like saying 80% of smokers will die, not enough information, but probably a valiant try.

Competing interests declared: I have no competing interests.