Acceptability of a pilot program to provide voluntary male medical circumcision to street connected youth

*Kibel, M., Shah, P., Makori, D., Ayuku, D., Apondi, E., Wachira J., Braitstein, P. “Acceptability of a pilot program to provide voluntary male medical circumcision to street connected youth in western Kenya as part of a ten-day healing, education, and coming-of-age retreat” Journal of Adolescent Health. 2018 Oct 13. pii: S1054-139X(18)30340-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.07.027. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30327277

Abstract: Street-connected youth (SCY) in Kenya and elsewhere in sub–Saharan Africa are at high risk of HIV. Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) reduces the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission. Circumcision is also a traditional coming-of-age process in many Kenyan ethnic groups. This paper describes the acceptability of VMMC delivered as part of a ten-day healing, educational, and ‘coming-of-age’ retreat implemented as a pilot with SCY.