Tackling India's HIV epidemic:India should disregard adviceBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7414.563 (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:563
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Cochrane Review finds insufficient evidence to recommend male circumcision to prevent HIV infection.
Specifically, Potts and Walsh urged the introduction of male circumcision to reduce female to male HIV infection. The Cochrane Library systematic review, an exhaustive review of the literature, however, "found insufficient evidence to support an interventional effect of male circumcision on HIV acquisition in heterosexual men."3
We believe that India and other nations would do well to follow the advice of the Cochrane Library systematic review by avoiding introduction of male circumcision and sticking with proven methods of disease control.
Doctors Opposing Circumcision.
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- Thomas J, Bandyopadhyay M. Tackling India's HIV epidemic: India should disregard advice. BMJ 2003;327:563.
- Potts M, Walsh J. Tackling India's HIV epidemic: lessons from Africa. BMJ 2003; 326: 1389-92.
- Siegfried N, Muller M, Volmink J, Deeks J, Egger M, Low N, Weiss H, Walker S, Williamson P. Male circumcision for prevention of heterosexual acquisition of HIV in men (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2003. Oxford: Update Software
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