NANTEZA Barbara Marjorie (Ms) | Correlates of Safe Male Circumcision uptake in Gulu District, Mid northern Uganda

NANTEZA Barbara Marjorie conducted a mixed method that analyzed comprehensive knowledge (CK) of MoH-approved messages of service providers, married women, and males. Slightly more than a quarter of respondents were found to have inadequate CK although service providers had universal CK. Myths, beliefs, and misconceptions were found to be associated with circumcision status. The study also examined enhancers and barriers at the individual, household, community, and district levels but barriers were more at all levels. Furthermore, the study sought to understand if people in the Gulu district perceived themselves to be at increased risk for HIV infection and if so whether they knew that SMC could reduce that risk. After knowing this information, the study explored what the preferred SMC method, mode of de-livery, and the socio-demographics of the service providers. Using the study findings through implementing partners, SMC uptake in this region has increased fivefold. The study was funded by Fogarty International Center and African Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.