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‘‘Man, what took you so long?’’ Social and individual factors affecting adult attendance at voluntary medical male circumcision services in Tanzania

Journal Article
(Published March, 2013)
Plotkin, M. (Author),
Castor, D. (Author),
Mziray, H. (Author),
Küver, Jan (Author),
Mpuya, E. (Author),
Luvanda, P. (Author),
Hellar, A. (Author),
Curran, K. (Author),
Lukobo-Durell, M. (Author),
Adamu, T. (Author),
Mahler, H. (Author)
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In a study in Tanzania, men and women generally supported male circumcision. Cultural values deem the VMMC procedure more appropriate before adolescence, casting shame on older men.  That shame, associated with being circumcised at an older age, and concerns about the post-surgical abstinence period have led to low uptake among older men.

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Plotkin MC, Delivette ;Mziray,Hawa; Küver, Jan; Mpuya, Ezekiel; Luvanda, Paul James; Hellar, Augustino; Curran, Kelly; Lukobo-Durell, Mainza; Adamu Ashengo,Tigistu; Mahler, Hally ‘‘Man, what took you so long?’’ Social and individual factors affecting adult attendance at voluntary medical male circumcision services in Tanzania. Global Health Science and Practice. 2013;1(1):108-16. Epub March 2013.