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Issues arising from lobby of UN to outlaw circumcision

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 29 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:781
  1. George Hill, executive secretary (,
  2. John V Geisheker, general counsel
  1. Doctors Opposing Circumcision, Suite 42, 2442 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107-4137, USA

    EDITOR—Hopkins Tanne's news item on a US group lobbying the UN to outlaw circumcision conflates two unrelated stories into one.1 The first is Hess's call for UN action to declare male circumcision a human rights violation, the second the self described, randomised controlled trial of circumcision by Auvert et al to prevent transmission of HIV from women to men. …

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