Flawed African Studies into Male Circumcision and HIV Sexual Transmission
The (Australian) Journal of Law and Medicine, has published a new critique of those three randomized clinical trials from Africa that have purported to find that male circumcision reduces female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by 60 percent.
This critique finds numerous flaws in the execution of these studies and finds that the actual reduction in HIV transmission is about 1.3 percent, not the claimed 60 percent. The 1.3 percent is not considered to be clinically significant.
This is offset by a 61 percent relative increase in male-to-female HIV transmission when the male partner is circumcised.
Given this, the three RCTs should not be used in the formulation of public health policy.
See the attached PDF file.
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