AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 340–349

Acceptability of Male Circumcision Among Adolescent Boys and their Parents, Botswana

  • Oluwemimo Jayeoba
  • Scott Dryden-Peterson
  • Lillian Okui
  • Laura Smeaton
  • Jane Magetse
  • Lillian Makori
  • Venice Modikwa
  • Mpho Mogodi
  • Rebeca Plank
  • Shahin Lockman
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-9929-7

Cite this article as:
Jayeoba, O., Dryden-Peterson, S., Okui, L. et al. AIDS Behav (2012) 16: 340. doi:10.1007/s10461-011-9929-7

Abstract

Little is known of the acceptability of male circumcision (MC) to adolescent boys, a key target group for HIV prevention. We conducted a cluster design survey among adolescent boys and their parents/guardians in two villages in Botswana. Of 1300 households visited, 398 boys were eligible; 269 boys and 210 parents/guardians participated. MC was described correctly by 80% of boys, and 76% identified that MC reduces the risk of male HIV acquisition. After a brief informational session, 75% of boys stated that they would definitely want to be circumcised and 96% of parents/guardians would want their boy circumcised. Boys most frequently reported pain (49%) and possible health problems (19%) as concerns undergoing MC; concerns about peer or partner acceptance, sexual function, or cultural appropriateness were uncommon. Adolescent MC is likely to be highly acceptable in Botswana if done safely, for free and with adequate pain control in a hospital setting.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS prevention Male circumcision Acceptability Adolescent boys Botswana 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Oluwemimo Jayeoba
    • 1
  • Scott Dryden-Peterson
    • 1
    • 3
    • 5
  • Lillian Okui
    • 1
  • Laura Smeaton
    • 2
  • Jane Magetse
    • 1
  • Lillian Makori
    • 1
  • Venice Modikwa
    • 1
  • Mpho Mogodi
    • 4
  • Rebeca Plank
    • 1
    • 3
    • 5
  • Shahin Lockman
    • 1
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative PartnershipGaboroneBotswana
  2. 2.Department of BiostatisticsHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.Francois-Xavier Bagnoud CenterGaboroneBotswana
  5. 5.Department of Immunology and Infectious DiseasesHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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