The perceptions of male students towards circumcision as a strategy in the prevention of HIV / AIDS - a case study of MSU

Tsitsi Panganai, Simbarashe Magonde, Precious Shumba


HIV/AIDS is a debilitating killer disease which hinders sustainable economic development. In an effort to curb HIV infection, the Zimbabwe Minister of Health and Child Welfare in 2009, declared free and voluntary circumcision for males between the ages of 18 to 29 years. However, only 3.75% of the students at MSU were circumcised by June 2012. This research is intended to reveal the perception of these males towards male circumcision as they are considered as most sexually active and exposed to and or at risk to HIV / AIDS infection. The study adopted a qualitative approach and was carried out at Midlands State University as a case study. Interviews were used to collect data. Students were sampled according to faculty to a sample of 100 students. The findings were that the students lacked information making them suspicious of the programme which was clouded with myths and misconception. Their decisions were affected by culture as well. The recommendations made include massive campaign strategies with outreach programmes to correct the attitudes of the Zimbabwean males. Finding shall be used to sensitise and disseminate information to males so that they take up this noble cause and fight the HIV / AIDS pandemic


voluntary male circumcision, HIV/AIDS, prevention strategy

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