David A. Cooper

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Dr. David A. Cooper is an Australian emergency physician[1]. He is or was director of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney.[2]


Cooper and colleagues once referred to circumcision as a “surgical vaccine” and called for a boost in infant circumcision rates to reduce the transmission of HIV.[3] Cooper urged the Federal Government to consider the research and its implications locally and in neighbouring countries such as Papua New Guinea, which has a highly unstable HIV epidemic.[2]

It seems as if Cooper really believed (or still believes?) that circumcision is a valuable protection against AIDS which has been proven wrong since then. But chances are that circumfetishist Brian J. Morris liked his idea and invited him to co-author some of his papers in favor of mandantory circumcision for all males.

See also


  1. REFjournal Collier R. Circumcision indecision: The ongoing saga of the world’s most popular surgery. CMAJ. 22 November 2011; 183(17): 1961–2. PMID. PMC. DOI.
  2. a b REFweb (19 August 2006). Top scientist urges circumcision to beat AIDS, Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  3. REFjournal Cooper DA, Wodak AD, Morris BJ. The case for boosting infant male circumcision in the face of rising heterosexual transmission of HIV. Med J Aust. 20 September 2010; 193(6): 318-9. DOI. Retrieved 23 April 2020.