Messaging circumstances and economic pressures as influences on linkage to medical male circumcision following community-based HIV testing for men in rural southwest Uganda: a qualitative study

SOURCE: AIDS Research and Treatment
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): H.N.Gilbert, M.A.Wyatt, S.Asiimwe, B.Turyamureeba, E.Tumwesigye, H.Van Rooyen, R.V.Barnabas, C.L.Celum, N.C.Ware
KEYWORDS: CIRCUMCISION, HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, UGANDA
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10393

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Abstract

Voluntary medical male circumcision (MMC) reduces risk of HIV infection, but uptake remains sub optimal among certain age groups and locations in sub-Saharan Africa. We analysed qualitative data as part of the Linkages Study, a randomized controlled trial to evaluate community-based HIV testing and follow-up as interventions promoting linkage to HIV treatment and prevention in Uganda and South Africa. Fifty-two HIV-negative uncircumcised men participated in the qualitative study. They participated in semistructured individual interviews exploring (a) home HTC experience; (b) responses to test results; (c) efforts to access circumcision services; (d) outcomes of efforts; (e) experiences of follow-up support; and (f) local HIV education and support. Interviews were audio-recorded, translated, transcribed, and summarized into linkage summaries.