Daniel T. Halperin

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Associates With:
Circlist
Gilgal Society
Colleagues & Benefactors:
Robert C. Bailey
Edgar J. Schoen
Brian J. Morris
Thomas E. Wiswell
Jake H. Waskett

Daniel Halperin has published several papers on circumcision for HIV prevention,[1] which are being used by the World Health Organization to endorse circumcision as an HIV prevention method. In November 1999, colleagues Daniel Halperin and Robert C. Bailey published an article in the Lancet criticizing the public-health community for not pushing circumcision. Today, Halperin is the Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard AIDS Prevention Research Project.[2]

Halperin is a member of Circlist,[3] and a proud promoter of the group.[4] Halperin's home office is only a stone's throw from the office of Edgar J. Schoen (leading pro-circumcision advocate).[5]

Contents

Religious & Cultural Bias

- His grandthather was a Mohel, born in Russia, died in Chicago. "I don't have an agenda about foreskins" said Halperin in an interview for the Eastbay Express. When asked if being Jewish affects his pro-circumcision bias, he denied it, but said that his Judaism has "crept in now and then". He explains, "think of it as maybe a kind of health/cultural innovation ahead of it's time. So it's made me appreciate my own heritage more. And who knows, maybe finding out to my surprise that my own granddad was a Mohel was a weird kind of confirmation that I'm maybe in some small way 'destined' to help pass along this health benefit to people in parts of the world where it could really make a difference and perhaps save many lives." [5]

Halperin Cites Vernon Quaintance, Brian Morris and Circlist

In an interview, Daniel Halperin cites Vernon Quaintance, Brian Morris and Circlist as credible resources in favor of circumcision.[6] It is important to note that Quaintance and Morris are both proud members and promoters of Gilgal Society and Circlist, which openly admit to a morbid fascination with circumcision to the point of sado-masochistic fetish. Morris has included CircList as a resource in a recent paper,[7] and Quaintance is both the head of Gilgal Society, and head moderator at Circlist. Vernon Quaintance was recently arrested for child pornography.[8][9]


Interview with Daniel Halperin

Moderator Obviously, when you do a web search for good info on circumcision, one generally comes up with a ton of anti-circ sites. Do you know of any pro-circumcision sites?

Dr. Halperin I know of several:

   http://www.users.dircon.co.uk/~vernon/ICIRC/ File:Vernon Website 2000 referred by Halperin.pdf
   http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~bmorris/circumcision.shtml File:Brian Morris Website from 2000 referred by Halperin.pdf
   http://www.circumcisioninfo.com
   http://www.circlist.org


Moyels Without Borders

On May 28th 2010, at the UNC School of Medicine, Halperin lectured on "Moyels without Borders?: Barriers to Scale-up of Circumcision" [11]

Promoting Circumcision in Africa

Halperin and Bailey convinced eastern and south African "healers" to perform foreskin removal "as a way to alleviate chronic STD infection and prevent AIDS" in the 1990's. During the nineties alone, they convinced hundreds of South African men that circumcision would prevent HIV.[5]

HIV/AIDS

Daniel Halperin has said he believes circumcision will go further than any other intervention available in stopping the HIV, and that circumcision will prevent HIV among homosexual men.[5]

Quotes

. Halperin was asked by Gordy Slack of the East Bay Express if his being Jewish factored into his work on circumcision. Halperin replied:

No. At least it didn't during the first couple of years I was doing research. I didn't think about the Jewish part at all. I'd vaguely heard about a guy in Boston who does a non-cutting ritual bris, and maybe that would have appealed to me, if I had a boy someday. But in recent years the Judaism aspect has crept in now and then. Some [non-Jewish and typically uncircumcised] doctors, for example, an oncologist in northeastern Brazil who has to amputate cancerous penises every week, would tell me not knowing that I was Jewish, 'Those Jews were so smart; thousands of years ago they figured out this way to prevent health problems.' That was one of the things that began to spin my head around from thinking of this as a savage ritual from the dark past to thinking of it as maybe a kind of health/cultural innovation ahead ofits time... So I guess it has made me appreciate my own heritage more. And who knows, maybe finding out to my surprise that my own granddad was an occasional mohel was a weird kind of confirmation that I'm maybe in some small way 'destined' to help pass along this health benefit to people in parts of the world where it could really make a difference and perhaps save many lives.

-- Daniel Halperin. [12]


Other quotes...

I'm from California - I believe in things being natural; I don't like surgical interventions. But now, yes, I would - although I'd have it done the Jewish way.

-- Daniel Halperin. [13]


Don't you dare write that I think foreskins cause AIDS epidemics, any more than mosquitoes cause malaria. Mosquitoes are necessary for malaria, but not sufficient. You need all these cofactors to get an explosive AIDS epidemic, including foreskins.


Circumcision is too human, too 'soft.'


It's as if you went to a lung-cancer resource center and they had nothing at all about cigarettes. What the hell is going on? Why is everyone ignoring the elephant-sized foreskin in the living room?


See Also

External Links

References

  1. "Daniel Halperin circumcision". NCBI. PubMed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Daniel%20Halperin%20circumcision. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  2. Halperin, Daniel. "AIDS Prevntion Research Project". http://www.newparadigmfund.org/daniel-halperin.html. 
  3. Halperin, D. (2006, April 22). RE: My recent circ pubs [Online Forum Comment]. Retrieved from http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MCIRC/message/16 Archive: http://circleaks.org/images/1/1f/MCIRC_-_Msg_16.pdf
  4. "The Great Circumcision Debate with Daniel Halperin, PhD". Chat Transcript. http://www.circumcisioninformation.com/halperin_inverview1.htm. Retrieved 2011-05-07. "Do you know of any pro-circumcision sites? Dr. Halperin I know of several: [...]circlist" 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 - {{cite journal - | title = The Case For Circumcision - | journal = Express Online - | date = 2000-05-19 - | first = Gordy - | last = Slack - | id = - | url = http://circleaks.org/images/3/32/Edgar_Schoen_%26_Daniel_Halperin_%281999-2000%29.pdf - }} -
  6. "The Great Circumcision Debate with Daniel Halperin, PhD". Chat Transcript. http://www.circumcisioninformation.com/halperin_inverview1.htm. Retrieved 2011-05-07. "Do you know of any pro-circumcision sites? Dr. Halperin I know of several: [...]circlist" 
  7. Morris, Brian J.; Chris Eley (2011-08). "Male Circumcision: An Appraisal of Current Instrumentation". InTech: 1-40. http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/male-circumcision-an-appraisal-of-current-instrumentation. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  8. "Croydon circumcision campaigner caught with child porn videos". Croydon Advertiser. 2012-04-21. http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Croydon-circumcision-campaigner-caught-child-porn/story-15866127-detail/story.html. Retrieved 2012-04-22.  Archive 2012-04-21: http://circleaks.org/images/2/27/Www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk-Croydon-circumcision-campaigner-caught-child-porn-s.pdf
  9. Kay, Richard (2012-04-25). "Sex scandal rocks Order of the Knights". MailOnline (GlamEntertainment). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134978/David-Cameron-son-PM-wife-Samantha-unveil-church-tribute-son-Ivan.html. Retrieved 2012-04-26.  Archive (2012-04-27): http://circleaks.org/images/6/66/Quaintance-disrupts-the-church%28malta%29.pdf
  10. Slack, Gordy (2000-05-19). "The Case For Circumcision". The Guardian. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/archive/051900/cover1_051900.html. Retrieved 2000-11-16. "I ask Halperin whether his being Jewish factors into his work on circumcision..." 
  11. Halperin, Daniel (2010-05-28). ""Moyels without Borders?: Barriers to Scale-up of Circumcision (and Some Reflections on the Track Record of Other HIV Prevention Approaches)"". UNC School of Medicine. http://www.med.unc.edu/www/events/moyels-without-borders-barriers-to-scale-up-of-circumcision-and-some-reflections-on-the-track-record-of-other-hiv-prevention-approaches. Retrieved 2011-03-11.  Archive: File:Moyels Without Borders.pdf
  12. Slack, Gordy (2000-05-19). "The Case For Circumcision". The Guardian. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/archive/051900/cover1_051900.html. Retrieved 2000-11-16. "I ask Halperin whether his being Jewish factors into his work on circumcision..." 
  13. Renton, Alex (2009-07-05). "So, would you have your son circumcised?". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jul/05/circumcicision-health-children?intcmp=239. Retrieved 2012-02-25. "I'm from California - I believe in things being natural..." 
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