Attitudes of preinitiates towards traditional male circumcision in the context of HIV in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Karl Peltzer1, Ayanda Nqeketo2, George Petros2, Xola Kanta3
1Human Sciences Research Council & University of the Free State, South Africa
2Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
3Impilo ya Bantu Health, South Africa
Cite this article:  Peltzer, K., Nqeketo, A., Petros, G., & Kanta, X. (2008). Attitudes of preinitiates towards traditional male circumcision in the context of HIV in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36, 1023-1034.

Volume 36 Issue 8 | e1777 | Published: September 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.8.1023

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The aim of this study was to assess attitudes of preinitiates towards traditional Male Circumcision (MC) in the context of HIV. The sample included 350 Xhosa preinitiates recruited from 3 different recruitment sites during the preparation prior to MC in the Eastern Cape province. Results indicated that: 10% were to be circumcised before their sexual debut and reported a great deal of sexual risk behavior; 9% had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the past 12 months; 20% reported that they had had 3 or more sex partners in their lives; and 47% had not used a condom the last time they had sex. Reasons and attitudes, including barriers, towards MC as well as risky sexual behavior found in this study need to be considered in MC programming.

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