This Week in PLoS Medicine: Maternal Health; How to Stop TB?; PLoS Medicine/UNAIDS Collection
Many new articles published this week, with our monthly editorial and a policy forum, followed by a sponsored collection:
The PLoS Medicine Editors and partners from the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Harvard School of Public Health announce their partnership and a call for papers on “quality of maternal health care.”
Christian Lienhardt and colleagues describe the development of the TB Research Movement, which aims to create a framework for concrete actions to harmonize and synergize TB research efforts globally.
This sponsored Collection of nine articles comprises four reviews and five research articles that together show scale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision to be a cost-effective HIV prevention measure in eastern and southern Africa. The Collection is produced with support from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The PLoS Medicine editors have sole editorial responsibility for the content of this Collection. The views expressed in this collection are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Government and UNAIDS.
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Many professionals have criticized the studies claiming that circumcision reduces HIV transmission. See http://www.davidwilton.com/files/ajpmgreenetal2010-pub1.pdf. They have various flaws. Presumed authorities that cite the studies have other agendas. Journalists have an obligation to present different views on controversial issues. Circumcision causes physical, sexual, and psychological harm. Other methods to prevent HIV transmission (e.g., condoms and sterilizing medical instruments) are much more effective, much cheaper, and much less invasive. Please see http://www.circumcision.org/hiv.htm for more information.