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Integrating Gender in VMMC Programs to Improve Outcomes

This short report examines gender issues in VMMC, including harmful gender-related myths and traditions, female partners’ roles in VMMC decision, post-operative care, adherence, and risk-reduction behaviors, and the negative consequences of excluding women. It suggests specific ways that female partners and mothers can be included in VMMC services to improve both VMMC uptake and reduce adverse events.