Acceptability, knowledge, beliefs, and partners as determinants of Zambian men's readiness to undergo medical male circumcision

Deborah Jones, Ryan Cook, Kris Arheart, Colleen A. Redding, Robert Zulu, Jose Castro, Stephen M. Weiss

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Abstract

There is limited information about the influence of partners on medical male circumcision (MMC) uptake. This study aimed to evaluate attitudes, knowledge, and preferences about MMC among men and their partners, and their relative impact on male readiness to undergo the MMC procedure. Male participants (n = 354) and their partners (n = 273) were recruited from community health centers in Lusaka, Zambia. Men reported their readiness to undergo MMC, and both men and women were assessed regarding their attitudes and knowledge regarding MMC. Men who had discussed MMC with their partners, those who endorsed MMC for HIV risk reduction, and those viewing MMC as culturally acceptable reported increased readiness to undergo MMC. Additionally, endorsement of MMC by female partners was associated with increased men's readiness. Results support promotion of cultural acceptability of MMC, and efforts to increase MMC uptake may benefit from incorporating partners in the decision making process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-284
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Male circumcision
  • Partners
  • Zambia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Social Psychology

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