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.
KeywordsNeonatal Infant Male circumcision Acceptability Botswana HIV Prevention
We acknowledge and thank Magdeline Mabuse for her help with this project. Dr. Plank’s efforts were supported by grants from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene/Burroughs Wellcome Fund and from the Harvard University Program on AIDS.
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