Acceptability of Infant Male Circumcision as Part of HIV Prevention and Male Reproductive Health Efforts in Gaborone, Botswana, and Surrounding Areas
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Adult male circumcision reduces a man’s risk for heterosexual HIV acquisition. Infant circumcision is safer, easier and less costly but not widespread in southern Africa. Questionnaires were administered to sixty mothers of newborn boys in Botswana: 92% responded they would circumcise if the procedure were available in a clinical setting, primarily to prevent future HIV infection, and 85% stated the infant’s father must participate in the decision. Neonatal male circumcision appears to be acceptable in Botswana and deserves urgent attention in resource-limited regions with high HIV prevalence, with the aim to expand services in safe, culturally acceptable and sustainable ways.
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- 1. Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 15 Francis Street PBB-A-4, Boston, MA, 02115, USA
- 2. Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative for HIV Research and Education, Gaborone, Botswana
- 3. Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
- 4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Botswana, USA (BOTUSA), Gaborone, Botswana
- 5. Botswana National Ministry of Health, Gaborone, Botswana
- 6. Princess Marina Hospital Department of Surgery, Gaborone, Botswana
- 7. Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
- 8. Boston, MA, USA
- 9. Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA