The American medical community and media has bought into the idea that circumcision is a valid tool for HIV prevention. The African studies showing a benefit are dubious; see "Sub-Saharan African randomised clinical trials into male circumcision and HIV transmission: Methodological, ethical and legal concerns".
The WHO, the American NIH, the American CDC, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of a few African countries (largely corrupt governments likely receiving kickbacks from American charities and medical device manufacturers) recognize the African HIV studies as valid. Additionally, virtually all of the meta-studies in the medical journals and publications accept the RCTs and they confirm that circumcision has an HIV-reduction benefit. To a casual onlooker, this appears to be a "medical consensus". But is it?
According to "How Well Do Meta-Analyses Disclose Conflicts of Interests in Underlying Research Studies", many meta-studies are not properly vetting the original study.
With any scientific or medical topic, the majority of new research will be funded by those trying to prove or disprove a theory. This is the scientific method. And that's how it should be. In this case, there are endless studies by organizations promoting a pro-circumcision point-of-view. The large volume of studies gives the impression that there is a "consensus" where all studies show the same result. In reality, it's a large number of studies by those trying to prove a point-of-view. This is not the same as consensus.
The question here is: what is the general consensus in the medical community on this issue? I would like to gain clarity. I am aware that numerous national medical organizations outside the US (e.g. Brazil, Australia) have rejected the notion that circumcision is a valid HIV-reduction tool.
So now here's the heart of the issue: I want to remove the Africa HIV claims from the lead of the Wikipedia circumcision article. Ultimately, I'd like to remove those claims entirely, but the lead is a good start. In the lead, these Africa HIV claims are front-and-center: someone skimming the article may see these claims and decide circumcision is good without reading rest of the article. That's why the pro-circumcision advocates want these claims in the lead! I can remove these claims if I can show that these claims don't represent consensus in the medical community.
What I am asking for is feedback either here or on Twitter for any references, sources, or ideas regarding whether or not there is medical consensus on this issue—and what it is.