Male circumcision rates in patients from a sexually transmitted disease clinic in Southern Florida and acceptability of circumcision among Hispanics

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The objectives of this study were assessment of the prevalence of male circumcision (MC) among patients attending the Miami-Dade County (MDC) sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) clinic and exploration of attitudes of MC among Hispanic STD clinic attendees. Prevalence of MC was assessed by a review of 500 clinic records. Attitudes toward MC were explored during focus group sessions. The overall rate of MC was 27%. Men associated acceptability of MC with sexual performance, their partner's anticipated responses to MC, and scientific proof of STD protection; whereas women focused on experiences with previous partners and hygiene. We found a low rate of circumcision in males attending the MDC STD clinic. Approximately half of the Hispanic men and women in focus groups also found MC acceptable or desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

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Male Circumcision
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Hispanic Americans
Focus Groups
Hygiene

Keywords

  • Circumcision
  • Hispanics
  • HIV prevention
  • STD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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