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Table 4 Motivations for seeking VMMC services among survey participants, by urbanrural status and total

From: A cross-sectional study describing motivations and barriers to voluntary medical male circumcision in Lesotho

Reasons for seeking VMMC Maseru urban clinics (Carewell, Apex) N = 73 Non-maseru rural clinics (Ntsekhe, Mokhotlong) N = 88 Total N = 161
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Protect self against HIV 52 (71.2) 66 (75.0) 118 (73.3)
Protect self against STIs 48 (65.8) 51 (56.0) 99 (61.5)
Penile hygiene 36 (49.3) 39 (44.3) 75 (46.6)
Improved sexual pleasure for self 8 (11.0) 6 (6.8) 14 (8.7)
Improved sexual pleasure for partner 6 (8.2) 7 (8.0) 13 (8.1)
Prestige 5 (6.9) 3 (3.4) 8 (5.0)
Protect partner against STIs 4 (5.5) 3 (3.4) 7 (4.4)
Protect partner against HIV 3 (4.1) 4 (4.6) 7 (4.4)
Medical reason 2 (2.7) 2 (2.3) 4 (2.5)
Other: cultural belief, easily accessible, spouse, peer pressure, “don’t know” 9 (12.3) 3 (3.4) 12 (7.5)
  1. Open-ended questions where participant may give none, one, or more than one response therefore proportion in table may not add up to 100.0%.