AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 1198–1202

Acceptability of Infant Male Circumcision as Part of HIV Prevention and Male Reproductive Health Efforts in Gaborone, Botswana, and Surrounding Areas

Authors

    • Division of Infectious DiseasesBrigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative for HIV Research and Education
    • Department of Immunology and Infectious DiseasesHarvard School of Public Health
  • Joseph Makhema
    • Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative for HIV Research and Education
  • Poloko Kebaabetswe
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Botswana, USA (BOTUSA)
  • Fatima Hussein
    • Botswana National Ministry of Health
  • Chiapo Lesetedi
    • Botswana National Ministry of Health
    • Princess Marina Hospital Department of Surgery
  • Daniel Halperin
    • Department of Global Health and PopulationHarvard School of Public Health
  • Barbara Bassil
  • Roger Shapiro
    • Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative for HIV Research and Education
    • Department of Immunology and Infectious DiseasesHarvard School of Public Health
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Shahin Lockman
    • Division of Infectious DiseasesBrigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative for HIV Research and Education
    • Department of Immunology and Infectious DiseasesHarvard School of Public Health
Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-009-9632-0

Cite this article as:
Plank, R.M., Makhema, J., Kebaabetswe, P. et al. AIDS Behav (2010) 14: 1198. doi:10.1007/s10461-009-9632-0

Abstract

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.

Keywords

NeonatalInfantMale circumcisionAcceptabilityBotswanaHIVPrevention

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