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Table 5 Perceived reasons preventing or delaying mens access to VMMC, by urbanrural status and total among survey participants

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

Perceptions Maseru urban clinics (Carewell, Apex) N = 73 Non-maseru rural clinics (Ntsekhe, Mokhotlong) N = 88 Total N = 161
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Perceived reasons preventing men from accessing VMMC    
  Long wait time 4 (5.5) 1 (1.1) 5 (3.1)
  Mixing young and old clients 2 (2.7) 3 (3.4) 5 (3.1)
  Being attended to by female staff 7 (9.6) 22 (25.0) 29 (18.0)
  HIV testing 15 (20.6) 9 (10.2) 24 (14.9)
  Fear of pain 45 (61.6) 46 (52.3) 91 (56.5)
  Fear of injection 4 (5.5) 5 (5.7) 9 (5.6)
  Long healing time, abstinence 3 (4.1) 4 (4.6) 7 (4.4)
  Concern about VMMC safety 3 (4.1) 2 (2.3) 5 (3.1)
  Preference for traditional male circumcision. 2 (2.7) 5 (5.7) 7 (4.4)
  Other: lack transport fare, VMMC doesn’t give full HIV protection, don’t know where to get VMMC, poor service, bad attitude from health staff 8 (11.0) 7 (8.0) 15 (9.3)
  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%.