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Table 4 Attitudes towards Medical and Traditional Male Circumcision by Sex

From: Acceptability of medical male circumcision in the traditionally circumcising communities in Northern Tanzania

Factor Male
n = 170
Female
n = 189
Where they would like their sons to be circumcised ¶   
Medical male circumcision (MMC) 165 (97.1%) 179 (94.7%)
Traditional male circumcision 27 (15.9%) 33 (17.5%)
Of those who chose MMC, age at circumcision   
Prepubertal circumcision 107 (64.8%) 130 (72.6%)
Postpubertal circumcision 58 (35.2%) 49 (27.4%)
Attitudes in favour of Traditional Circumcision   
Keep the tradition 113 (66.5%) 120 (63.5%)
Sign of maturity 38 (22.4%) 54 (28.6%)
Others 20 (11.2%) 15 (7.9%)
Attitudes in favour of Medical male Circumcision   
Prior to STIs 61 (35.9%) 50 (29.4%)
Avoid Pain 47 (27.6%) 48 (28.2%)
Healing is faster 18 (10.6%) 31 (18.2%)
No Bleeding 33 (19.4%) 49 (28.8%)
Others 11 (6.5%) 11 (6.5%)
Attitudes against Traditional Circumcision   
Bleeding 80 (47.1%) 76 (40.2%)
Delayed Healing 60 (35.3%) 59 (31.2%)
Others 30 (17.6%) 54 (28.6%)
Attitudes against Medical Circumcision   
Peer Pressure 62 (36.4%) 69 (36.5%)
Respect 59 (34.7%) 61 (32.3%)
Others 49 (28.8%) 59 (31.2%)
  1. ¶ Not mutually exclusive