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Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Kenya

Adrienne Carmack, MD1
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1Urologist, private practice, Bastrop, Texas
JAMA. 2014;312(24):2686-2687. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15021.
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To the Editor I am concerned about a number of statements in the article on providing economic compensation for voluntary male circumcision in Kenya.1

In the abstract, the importance of this study was stated to “enhance the effectiveness of male circumcision as an HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] prevention strategy.” The first sentence of the article stated “3 randomized trials demonstrat[ed] that medical male circumcision reduces men's risk of HIV acquisition by 50% to 60%.” Neither statement is scientifically accurate.

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December 24, 2014
Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD; Kawango Agot, PhD
1Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2Impact Research and Development Organization, Kisumu, Kenya
JAMA. 2014;312(24):2687. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15024.
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