Research Completed Research Research Completed HIV Risk Reduction Study among Male STD clinic attendees in India (2009)

HIV Risk Reduction Study among Male STD clinic attendees in India (2009)

Public Health Research Institute, Mysore proposed to collaborate with Prayas to collect some preliminary data to support a larger study on male circumcision (MC) among high-risk men. They intended to conduct rapid assessment on the issue of acceptability of MC among men attending STI clinics. The study was to find out level of knowledge about HIV, HIV prevention strategies and about some new prevention technologies currently being tested. The study was proposed to be conducted among men in Mysore and Pune, India. This would help them in deciding the acceptability of certain prevention strategies.

Thus, PRAYAS took up the responsibility for data collection of 250 men in the city of Pune. Later this sample size was increased to 500. The initial part of collecting data for 250 men was completed from April to June 2009. However, later with the extended sample size, the study went on till November 2009. Analysis of data for 290 men reported the following –

  • About 153(52.8%) had heard of MC.
  • After being informed about the risks and benefits of MC, a majority (56.9%) said they would consider MC if the procedure were offered in a hospital setting, at low or no cost.
  • When asked if other men should consider MC to reduce their risk of contracting HIV/STDs, 32.8% said 'strongly yes', and 60.3% said 'yes'.
 

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