Male circumcision in Kisumu

Using a population-based survey we examined the behaviours, beliefs, and HIV/HSV-2 serostatus of men and women in the traditionally non-circumcising community of Kisumu, Kenya prior to the establishment of voluntary medical male circumcision services. A total of 749 men and 906 women participated. Circumcision status was not associated with HIV/HSV-2 infection nor increased high-risk sexual behaviours. In males, preference for being or becoming circumcised was associated with inconsistent condom use and increased lifetime number of sexual partners. Preference for circumcision was increased with the understanding that circumcised men are less likely to become infected with HIV.

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Author Matthew Westercamp, Robert C. Bailey, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Michele Montandon, Zachary Kwena, Craig R. Cohen
Maintainer Matthew Westercamp
Last Updated February 19, 2019, 10:58 (UTC)
Created February 19, 2019, 10:56 (UTC)