Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals (Partial list)

 (Note: for the web links of several of these articles, please see the “Selected Publications” section.)

2013  Halperin, D.T.  Scaling-up family planning in Africa’s second largest country: Lessons from Ethiopia’s promising experience, Lancet, in press.

2011  Halperin, D.T., Mugurungi, O., Hallett T., Muchini, B., Campbell, B., Magure, T., Benedikt, C., Gregson, S.A.  A surprising prevention success: Why did the HIV epidemic decline in Zimbabwe? PLoS Medicine 8(2); doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000414.

2011  Berlan, D., Halperin, D.T.  Apparent displacement of global health funding priorities: Time for some difficult decisions? Social Science and Medicine; doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.05.043.

2011  Morris, B.J., Gray, R., Castellsagues, X, Bosch, F.X, Halperin. D.T.  The strong protective effect of circumcision against cancer of the penis. Advances in Urology; doi:10.1155/2011/812368.

2011  Banerjee, J.D., Klausner, J.D., Halperin, D.T., et al.  Circumcision denialism unfounded and unscientific. Amer J Prev Med. 40(3):e11-e12

2010  Muchini, B., Benedikt, C., Gomo, E., Mate, R., Mugurungi, O., Magure, T., Campbell, B., Halperin, D.T. (co-primary author).  Local perceptions of the forms, timing and causes of behavior change in response to the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe. AIDS and Behavior, DOI 10.1007/s10461-010-9783-z.

2010  Mah, T., Halperin, D.T.  Concurrent sexual partnerships and the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa: The evidence to move forward. AIDS and Behavior, 14:11-16.

2010  Epstein, H., Swidler, A., Gray, R., Reiners, G., Parker, P., Parkhurst, J., Short, R., Halperin, D.T.  Measuring concurrent partnerships. Lancet 375:1869.

2010  Ruark, A.H., Shelton, J.D., Halperin, D.T.  Acyclovir and transmission of HIV-1 from persons infected with HIV-1 and HSV-2. New Engl. J Med. 362(18):1741.

2010  Weiss, H.A., Larke, N., Schenker, I., Halperin, D.T.  Risk of complications following male circumcision of neonates and children: A systematic review. BMC Urology 10.1186/1471-2490-10-2

2009  Halperin, D.T., Stover, J., Reynolds, H. Benefits and costs of expanding access to family planning programs to women living with HIV. AIDS, 23:S123-S130.

2009  Mah, T., Halperin, D.T. The evidence for the role of concurrent partnerships in Africa’s HIV epidemics. AIDS and Behavior, DOI 10.1007/s10461-009-9617-z.

2009  Halperin, D.T., de Moya, A., Perez-Then, E., Pappas ,G., Garcia Calleja, J.M.  Understanding the HIV epidemic in the Dominican Republic: A prevention success story in the Caribbean? Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, 51(6):S52-59.

2009   Halperin, D.T.  Combination HIV prevention must be based on evidence. Lancet,  373:544-45.

2009  Plank, R., Makhema, J., Kebaabetswe, P., Hussein, F., Lesetedi, C., Halperin, D., Bassil, B., Shapiro, R., Lockman, S.  Infant male circumcision as part of HIV prevention efforts in Gaborone, Botswana, and surrounding areas: Acceptability and feasibility. AIDS and Behavior, 10.1007/s10461-009-9632-0.

2009  Ruark-Herling, A.H., Shelton, J.D.,  Halperin, D.T., Wawer, M.,  Gray, R.  Universal voluntary HIV testing and immediate antiretroviral therapy.  Lancet, 373:1078.

2009  Morris, B.J., Bailis, S.A., Waskett, J.H., Wiswell, T.E., Halperin, D.T. Medicaid coverage of newborn circumcision: A health parity right of the poor. Am J Public Health, 99(6):969-71.

2008 Halperin, D.T., Potts, M., Kirby, D., Klausner, J., Wamai, R., Swidler, A., Marseille, A., Walsh, J., Hearst, N. Science, 321 (5896): 1631-4.

2008  Wamai, R.G., Weiss, H.A., Hankins, C., Agot, K., Abdool Karim, Q., Shisana, O., Otolorin, E.O., Kapiga, S., Serwadda, D.M., Sanchez, J., Pape, J.W., Mabuza, K., Bowa, K., Kebaabetswe, P., Wilson, D., Simelane, D., Morris, B., Sawires, Phiri, M., Setswe, G., Sewankambo, N.,Heywood, M., Woelk, G.,Ntaganira, I., Cates, W., Rees, H., Geffen, N., Ncala, J., Jackson, H., Dludlu, S., Diallo, M.O., Makhubele, M.B., Leclerc-Madlala, L., Kalambayi Kayembe, P., Nyamucherera, O.F., Bongaarts, J., Betukumesu, B.,Kintaudi, L, Salang Seloilwe, Zungu, N., E., Ruiz, M., Venter, F., Micheni, K., de Moya, E.A., Cash, R., Bailey, R.C., Halperin, D.T. (co-primary author)  Male circumcision is an efficacious, lasting and cost-effective strategy for combating HIV in high-prevalence AIDS epidemics: Time to move beyond debating the science. Future HIV Therapy, 2 (5): 399-405.

2008  Wilson, D., Halperin, D.T.  “Know your epidemic, know your response”: A useful approach – if we get it right. Lancet, 372:423-26.

2008  Mah, T., Halperin, D.T. Concurrent sexual partnerships and the HIV epidemic in Africa: The evidence to move forward. AIDS and Behavior, DOI:10.1007/s10461-008-9433-x.

2008  Potts, M., Halperin, D.T. (co-primary author), Kirby, D., Swidler, A., Klausner. J., Marseille, E., Hearst, N., Wamai, R., Kahn, J., Walsh, J.  Reassessing HIV prevention. Science, 320:749-50.

2008  Weiss H.A., Halperin, D.T., Bailey R.C., Hayes R., Schmid, G., Hankins, C.  Male circumcision for HIV prevention: From evidence to action? AIDS, 22:567-74.

2008  Klausner, J., Wamai, R., Bowa, K., Agot, K., Kagimba, J., Halperin, D.T. Is male circumcision as good as the HIV vaccine we’ve been waiting for? Future HIV Therapy, 2(1):1-7.

2007   Halperin, D.T., Epstein, H.  Why is HIV prevalence so severe in southern Africa? The role of multiple concurrent partnerships and lack of male circumcision. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine, 26:19-25.

2007  Epstein, H., Halperin, D.T.  Comments on global sexual behaviour. Lancet, 369:557.2007

2007   Halperin, D.T., Weiss, H., Drain, P., Hughes, J., Auvert, B., Ahmed, S., Serwadda, D., Kagimba, J., Agot, K., Otolorin, E.O., Epstein, H., Woelk, G., Moya, A., Karim, Q.A., Martinson, N., Bongaarts, J., Sawires, S., Peacock, D., Potts, M.  Male circumcision matters (as one part of an integrated HIV prevention response), PloS One doi/10.1371/annotation/723.

2006  Drain, P.K., Halperin, D.T., Hughes, J.P., Klausner, J., Bailey, R.C.  Male circumcision, religion, and infectious diseases: An ecologic analysis of 118 developing countries. Bio-Med-Central Infect Dis., 6(1):172.

2006  Shelton, J.D., Halperin, D.T., Wilson, D.  Has global HIV incidence peaked? Lancet, 367(9517):1120-22.

2006  Cassell, M.M., Halperin, D.T., Shelton, J.D., StantonD.  Risk compensation: The Achilles’ heel of emerging innovations in HIV prevention? British Medical Journal, 332 (7540):605-07.

2006  Bailis, S.A., Halperin, D.T.  Review of “A Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain,” by R. Darby. Brit. Med. Journal, 332 (7534):183.

2006  Halperin, D.T.  The controversy over fear arousal in AIDS prevention and lessons from Uganda.Journal of Health Communication, 11:266-67.

2006  Bailis, S.A.., Halperin, D.T.  Male circumcision: Time to re-examine the evidence. student British Medical Journal, 14:179-80.

2006  Green, E.C., Halperin, D.T. (co-primary author), Nantulya, V., Hogle, J.A.  Uganda’s HIV prevention success: The role of sexual behavior change and the national response. AIDS and Behavior, 10 (4):335-46.

2006  Morris, B.J., Bailis, S.A., Castellsague, X., Wiswell, T.E., Halperin, D.T.  RACP’s policy statement on male circumcision is ill-conceived. Australian Journal of Public Health, 30:16-22.

2005  Halperin, D.T., Fritz, K., McFarland, W., Woelk, G.  The feasibility of adult male circumcision for HIV prevention in Zimbabwe. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 32 (4):238-39.

2004  Halperin, D.T., Steiner, M., Cassell, M., Green, E.C., Hearst, N., Kirby, D., Gayle H., Cates, W., et al. [149 signers in total].  The time has come for common ground on preventing sexual transmission of HIV. Lancet, 364 (9449):1913-15.

2004 Halperin, D.T., Post, G.L.  Global HIV prevalence: The good news might be even better. Lancet, 364 (9439):1035-36.

2004  Halperin, D.T., Epstein, H.  Concurrent sexual partnerships help to explain Africa’s highHIV prevalence: Implications for prevention. Lancet, 363 (9428):4-6.

2004  Shelton, J.D., Halperin, D.T. (co-primary author), Nantulya, V., Potts, M., Gayle, H.D., Holmes, K.K.  Partner reduction is crucial for balanced “ABC” approach to HIV prevention. British Medical Journal, 328 (7444):891-94.

2004  Drain, P.K., Smith, J.S., Hughes, J.P., Halperin, D.T., Holmes, K.K.  Correlates of national HIV seroprevalence rates: An ecologic analysis of 122 developing countries. Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, 35 (4):407-20.

2002  Halperin, D.T., Weiss, H., Hayes, R., Auvert, B., Bailey, R., Caldwell, J., Coates, T., Padian, P., Potts, M., Ronald, A., Short, R., Williams, B., Klausner, J.  Comments on male circumcision and HIV acquisition and transmission in Rakai, Uganda. AIDS, 16 (5):810-12.

2001  Misegades, L., Page-Shafer, K., Halperin, D., McFarland, W.  Anal intercourse among young low-income women in California: An overlooked risk factor for HIV? AIDS, 15:534-35.

2000  Halperin, D.T., Allen, A.  Is poverty the root cause of African AIDS? AIDS Analysis Africa, 11:1, 15.

2000  Bailey, R.C., Halperin, D.T.  Circumcision and HIV. Lancet, 355 (9207):927.2000  Halperin, D.T. Book review of “Indigenous Theories of Contagious Disease,” by Edward Green. Social Science and Medicine 50:1878-79.

1999  Halperin, D.T., Bailey, R.C.  Male circumcision and HIV infection: Ten years and counting. Lancet, 354:1813-15.

1999  Halperin, D.T.  Dry sex practices and HIV infection in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 75(6):445-46.

1999  Halperin, D.T.  Heterosexual anal intercourse: Prevalence, cultural factors, and HIV infection and other health risks, part I. AIDS Patient Care, 13(12):717-30.

1998  Halperin, D.T.  HIV, STDs, anal sex and AIDS prevention policy in a northeastern Brazilian city.International Journal of STD and AIDS, 9(5):294-98.

1998  Halperin, D.T.  New WHO guidelines on infant feeding and HIV.  Maternal Child Health News, 8:9, University of Capetown, South Africa.


Other Publications, Letters

2008  Halperin, D.T. (interview). New thinking in HIV prevention: An anthropological and epidemiological viewpoint. Future Virology, 3(!– /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:none; mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> 4):311-15;

2008  Halperin, D.T  Putting a plague in perspective. New York Times, January 1, 2008, p. A19.

2007  Halperin, D.T.  AIDS prevention: What works? Washington Post, October 22, 2007, p. A23.

2006   Halperin, D.T.  Male circumcision: A potentially important new addition to HIV prevention.Contact (“HIV Prevention: Current Issues and New Technologies”), 82:32-6, World Council of Churches, Toronto.

2006   Halperin, D.T.  Male circumcision: Why is it now being considered seriously? Global AIDSLink,100:6,18.

2001  Halperin, D.T.  Is poverty the root cause of African AIDS?: Or should we also be looking at some of the more neglected factors behind the pandemic? AIDS Bulletin, 10(2):10-15.

2001  Halperin, D.T., Williams, B.  Off message: This is no way to fight AIDS in Africa. Washington Post, August 26, p. B1.

2000  Halperin, D.T.  Dry sex practice does not only happen in Africa! Women’s Health News (33):22-3.

2000  Halperin, D.  Old ways and new spread AIDS in Africa. San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 30, p. A-31.

2000  Halperin, D.T.  Las prácticas del “sexo seco” y la infección VIH en República Dominicana y Haití.Rumbo, 352:50-51.

1999  Halperin, D.T.  Breastfeeding and HIV transmission: The realities may be much more complex than “breast vs. bottle.” Global AIDSLink (58):8-10.

1999  Halperin, D.T.  Memória e “consciência” em uma religião afro-brasileira: O Tambor de Mina do Maranhão. Religião e Sociedade, 19(2):77-102, ISER, Rio de Janeiro.

1998  Halperin, D.T.  Building upon traditional HIV prevention: Promoting “second stage” HIV risk reduction. Global AIDSLink (51):1-16.

1998  Halperin, D.T., Green, E.C.  Global HIV/AIDS patient care: Looking beyond access to anti-viral drug treatment. Global AIDSLink (52):10-11.

1996  Halperin, D.T.  A delicate science: A critique of an exclusively emic anthropology. Anthropology and Humanism, 21(1):31-40.

1996  Halperin, D.T.  Trance and possession: Are they the same? Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review, 33(1):33-41.

1995  Halperin, D.T.  Memory and “consciousness” in an evolving Brazilian possession religion.Anthropology of Consciousness, 6(4):1-17.

1992  Halperin, D.T.  Dancing with the spirits: Possession rituals in Brazil reveal possible new dimensions for dance therapy. Common Boundary, November-December: 49-52.

1980  Halperin, D.T.  The Jarí Project: Large-scale land and labor utilization in the Amazon.Geographical Survey, January, pp. 13-21.

1979  Halperin, D.T.  What is going on in Chile?  A socio-economic analysis.  Terra Firma: Berkeley Review of Development 1:39-49.

1979  Halperin, D.T.  A comparison of Mexican and California prison systems. The Californian, Berkeley, March 1979.


Reports and Technical Briefs


2008  World Health Organization/UNAIDS. Technical report: “Male Circumcision: Global Trends and Determinants of Prevalence, Safety and Acceptability” (WHO ISBN #978 92 4 159616 9;

2007  Harvard University Program on AIDS. Video and powerpoint presentation: Evidence-Based Behavior Change HIV Prevention Approaches for Sub-Saharan Africa”(


2004  Stover, J., Fuchs, N., Halperin, D., Gibbons, A., Gillespie, D.  USAID, Office of Population Issues Brief: “Costs and Benefits of Providing Family Planning Services a