“The case for boosting infant male circumcision in the face of rising heterosexual transmission of HIV” . . . and now the case against

David A Forbes, John W Travis, Sarah J Buckley, Paul Mason, Ken McGrath, Robert S Van Howe, George Williams, Anthony N Lyons, Marian Pitts, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Grierson, Niall Conroy, Gregory J Boyle, George Hill, Robert J L Darby, Bruce R Paix, Jeremy J Chin, David A Cooper, Alex D Wodak and Brian J Morris
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb04179.x
Published online: 17 January 2011

An article in the 20 September issue of the Journal that suggested circumcision of infant boys could be considered a "surgical vaccine" against future sexually transmitted HIV has attracted strong criticism from many of our readers (MJA 2011; 194: 97-101)

To the Editor: In a recent editorial, Cooper and colleagues recommend increasing infant circumcision to combat increasing rates of heterosexual transmission of HIV infection, and contend that the major obstacle to increasing male circumcision in Australia is a Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) policy.1

  • David A Forbes1
  • John W Travis1
  • Sarah J Buckley2
  • Paul Mason3
  • Ken McGrath4
  • Robert S Van Howe5
  • George Williams6
  • Anthony N Lyons1
  • Marian Pitts1
  • Anthony Smith1
  • Jeffrey Grierson1
  • Niall Conroy1
  • Gregory J Boyle1
  • George Hill2
  • Robert J L Darby1
  • Bruce R Paix1
  • Jeremy J Chin1
  • David A Cooper1
  • Alex D Wodak2
  • Brian J Morris3

  • 1 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 Faculty of Health, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 5 Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Marquette, Michigan, USA.
  • 6 Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.



We thank John Allegrante, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Rouma Bankolé, University Hospital Cancer Research Center, Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Michel Garenne, Pasteur Institute, Paris; David Jones, University of Vermont; Julius Kyambi, University of Nairobi; Maria Isabel Loureiro, National School of Public Health, Lisbon; Donald Morisky, UCLA School of Public Health; Kyle Pruett, Yale School of Medicine; Timothy Quinlan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; Daniel Sidler, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, South Africa; Lukong Suiye, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria; and Lauraine Vivian, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town — a few of the many professionals who have questioned the value of non-therapeutic male circumcision — for their encouragement and support.


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