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Selected organizations and articles opposing Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)
The French National AIDS Council opposes circumcision for HIV prevention.
Daniel Ncayiyana, editor of the South African Medical Journal, the most prestigious medical journal in Africa, argues in a hard-hitting editorial in the November 2011 that circumcision is “not the way to go for South Africa.” Ncayihana concludes that “correct and consistent condom use, not circumcision, is the most effective means of reducing female-to-male transmission, and vice versa.” Ncayiyana D. The illusive promise of circumcision to prevent female-to-male HIV infection – not the way to go for South Africa. S Afr Med J 2011; 101: 775-776.
Robert van Howe and Michelle Storm, in a 2011 article in the Journal of Public Health in Africa, summarize data and arguments, concluding that mass circumcision for HIV prevention “takes resources away from more effective, less expensive, less invasive alternatives,” including condom promotion. “By diverting attention away from more effective interventions, circumcision programs will likely increase the number of HIV infections.”
Intactivist (anti-circ) websites
The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) has for years campaigned against circumcision, raising many issues, including human rights of children, risks, sexual pleasure and function, and others. NOCIRC opposes mass circumcision for HIV prevention. NOCIRC began in the US. Subsequently, NOCIRC groups have been organized in many other countries.
South Africa’s National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC-SA) provides information and arguments against circumcision for HIV prevention.
Accessible and lively, the website circumstitions offers a lot of information and resources for public education and mobilization against circumcision for HIV prevention.
The International Coalition for Gender Integrity lists intactivist organization around the world, and provides links to their websites. ICGI provides information and arguments against circumcision for HIV prevention.