Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in fishing communities in Uganda: the influence of local beliefs and practice.


Mbonye, M; Kuteesa, M; Seeley, J; Levin, J; Weiss, H; Kamali, A; (2016) Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in fishing communities in Uganda: the influence of local beliefs and practice. African journal of AIDS research, 15 (3). pp. 211-8. ISSN 1608-5906 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2016.1179652

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Abstract

: Local beliefs and practices about voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) may influence uptake and effectiveness. Data were gathered through interviews with 40 people from four ethnically mixed fishing communities in Uganda. Some men believed that wound healing could be promoted by contact with vaginal fluids while sex with non-regular partners could chase away spirits - practices which encouraged unsafe sexual practices. Information given by providers stressed that VMMC did not afford complete protection from sexually-transmitted infections, however, a number of male community members held the view that they were fully protected once circumcised. Both men and women said that VMMC was good not just for HIV prevention but also as a way of maintaining hygiene among the men. The implementation of VMMC in high-HIV prevalence settings needs to take account of local beliefs about circumcision, working with local religious/social group leaders, women and peers in the roll-out of the intervention.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Anthropology, Politics and Policy Group (APPG)
PubMed ID: 27450591
Web of Science ID: 385553800003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2697211

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