Why women object to male circumcision to prevent HIV in a moderate-prevalence setting

Kelly, Angela, Kupul, Martha, Aeno, Herick, Shih, Patti, Naketrumb, Richard, Neo, James, Fitzgerald, Lisa, Kaldor, John M., Siba, Peter M. and Vallely, Andrew (2013) Why women object to male circumcision to prevent HIV in a moderate-prevalence setting. Qualitative Health Research, 23 2: 180-193. doi:10.1177/1049732312467234

Author Kelly, Angela
Kupul, Martha
Aeno, Herick
Shih, Patti
Naketrumb, Richard
Neo, James
Fitzgerald, Lisa
Kaldor, John M.
Siba, Peter M.
Vallely, Andrew
Title Why women object to male circumcision to prevent HIV in a moderate-prevalence setting
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732312467234
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 180
End page 193
Total pages 14
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Adult male circumcision has been shown to reduce the transmission of HIV. Women's acceptability of male circumcision is important in Papua New Guinea's preparedness to introduce male circumcision, and in ethical considerations of its use as a biomedical technology for HIV prevention. We conducted 21 focus group discussions and 18 in-depth interviews with women in all four regions of Papua New Guinea. The majority of women objected to the introduction of male circumcision for three main reasons: circumcision would result in sexual risk compensation; circumcision goes against Christian faith; and circumcision is a new practice that is culturally inappropriate. A minority of women accepted male circumcision for the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and for the benefit of penile hygiene and health. Women's objections to circumcision as a biomedical method of preventing HIV reemphasize the importance of sociocultural and behavioral interventions in Papua New Guinea.
Keyword HIV/AIDS prevention
Pacific / Pacific Islanders
Sexuality / sexual health
Women's issues
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 November 2012.

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