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Factors Associated With Uptake of Infant Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Western Kenya

June 21, 2012

Three randomized trials have shown male circumcision decreases female-to-male HIV incidence by 60 percent. The study authors note that this research in sub-Saharan Africa has centered on adolescents and adults. Modeling suggests the cost-effectiveness of infant male circumcision in high to moderate seroprevalent regions. The authors examined parental decision-making and differences in characteristics of parents in western Kenya accepting or declining IMC services.

In 2010, the case-control study was conducted at five government hospitals in Nyanza province. Mothers and fathers accepting IMC comprised the cases, while controls were parents who declined such services. A 41-question survey was administered.

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