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Citizenship in a time of HIV: Understanding medical adult male circumcision in South Africa.

Authors
  • Howard-Payne, Lynlee1
  • Bowman, Brett1
  • 1 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
May 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
6
Pages
871–881
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316651709
PMID: 27297633
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Medical adult male circumcision has been shown to offer men significant protection against HIV infection during peno-vaginal sex. This has resulted in calls for a national roll-out of medical adult male circumcision in South Africa, a rights-based constitutional democracy. This article explores the ways that the potential tensions between this call to circumcise as a practice of good health citizenship and the guaranteed right to bodily integrity are negotiated in interviews with 30 urban-based men in Johannesburg. The results suggest that despite its demonstrable biological efficacy, these tensions may paralyse decision- and policy-makers in grappling with the potential scaling up of medical adult male circumcision for HIV prevention in South Africa.

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