Predictors of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Prevalence among Men Aged 25–39 Years in Nyanza Region, Kenya: Results from the Baseline Survey of the TASCO Study

December 2017 - Structural Prevention

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Odoyo-June, E., Agot, K., Grund, J.M., et al. PLOS ONE (October 2017), 12 (10), doi:e0185872.

The authors summarized findings from a household survey on the prevalence and predictors of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) among men aged 25–39. The survey was a first step in preparation for a randomized controlled trial that will examine the impact of demand creation interventions on VMMC uptake in western Kenya. A total of 5,639 men participated in the study, among whom 50.6 percent were circumcised. The average age among participating men was 31.3 years; almost all were Christians; and 86.2 percent were married. Men who were circumcised were more likely to be non-Christian, have secondary education or post-secondary education, and be employed. Men who were married, divorced, separated, or widowed, or who were between the ages of 35 and 39, were less likely to be circumcised. The authors concluded that these predictors should be used to increase VMMC uptake in western Kenya—focusing on those groups of men who were less likely to be circumcised.

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