Routine infant circumcision in Australia ‘could increase rather than decrease risk behaviour and transmission of HIV’.

Many recent unbiased scientific studies indicate that circumcision is not warranted as a ‘front-line’ defense against HIV infection in Africa, as has been claimed by some. What is clear however, is that, as the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) suggested in 2008, education about safe sex practices achieves a lot more than infant circumcision when it comes to preventing HIV infection within the Australian context.

http://napwa.org.au/pl/2008/11/ashm-2008-circumcision-not-recommended-for-australia 

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One thought on “Routine infant circumcision in Australia ‘could increase rather than decrease risk behaviour and transmission of HIV’.

  1. I’m not sure how anyone could use the HIV argument as a justification for circumcision in any country, but particularly in Australia. HIV infection rates in this country are quite low, and amputating a healthy, functional body part in an attempt to make the risk lower is ridiculous. On a personal note, I have never been in an ‘at risk’ category, so I’m not sure how amputating my foreskin as a baby has helped me in this regard. And if I had decided to lead a lifestyle that put me at risk I would have worn a condom.

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