An investigation into women’s perception on voluntary medical male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy in Cowdrypark, Bulawayo.
Various studies have been done and provided compelling evidence that male circumcision protect against the acquisition of HIV. This started from South Africa. This study investigated the perceptions of women on male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy in Cowdrypark Township. A sample of 40 women was selected in order to examine the perception they have about male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy. This was assessed through their knowledge levels on male circumcision, attitudes towards male circumcision and contribution they make towards the uptake of male circumcision programme. The researcher used focus group discussions and in-depth interviews to collect data. The study found out that women have high knowledge of male circumcision, but they still have misconceptions which emanate from confusing medical male circumcision with traditional circumcision. The study also found relations between knowledge of male circumcision and religion. Some religious beliefs do not allow room for the uptake of male circumcision. These include Guta RaMwari, Seventh Day Adventist and Apostolic sect. The study also found out most women have positive attitudes towards male circumcision and make contributions to the uptake of the programme as they are influential stakeholders. Thus, most women have good perceptions about male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy.