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Making Medical Male Circumcision Work for Women: A new report from the Women’s HIV Prevention Tracking Project

How can male circumcision for HIV prevention benefit or backfire as a strategy affecting women?

The new report from AVAC and ATHENA Network’s Women’s HIV Prevention Tracking Project is an unprecedented collection of voices from Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda, documents women’s perspectives on male circumcision for HIV prevention.

The report is based on the input of approximately 500 women in HIV-affected communities who were reached by WHiPT country teams with questionnaires and focus groups designed to elicit knowledge, opinions and recommendations. The teams worked in urban and rural settings and sought out communities with and without traditional circumcision practices. There was a specific focus on perceptions in settings where female genital mutilation is also practiced.

The report provides reason for the cautious rollout of medical male circumcision (MMC) while offering recommendations on how to program its scale-up to ensure MMC is safe and beneficial to whole communities—including men and women.

Download the Report


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Individual Country Reports Also Available

Two-page Report Summary of Making Medical Male Circumcision Work for Women

Research Tools Used to Survey Women on MMC


Global Teleconference: Download a recording of a call with the report's authors

South Africa’s Country Report—Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention: Are Women Ready?

More information on medical male circumcision advocacy and women can be found on the Clearinghouse for Male Circumcision.


WHiPT report contributors include:

Tyler Crone
ATHENA Network
http://www.athenanetwork.org

Johanna Kehler
AIDS Legal Network
www.aln.org.za

Allen Kuteesa
Health Rights Action Group
www.hag.or.ug

Marion Natukunda
Mama’s Club
clubmamas@yahoo.co.uk

Jennifer Gatsi
Namibia Women’s Health Network
http://nwhn.wordpress.com/

Cebile Dlamini
Swaziland for Positive Living
http://www.swapol.net

Carole Odada
Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya
http://www.wofak.or.ke

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