Effects of household shocks and poverty on the timing of traditional male circumcision and HIV risk in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Venkataramani, Atheendar
dc.contributor.author Maughan-Brown, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-27T08:52:09Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-27T08:52:09Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Venkataramani, A. & Maughan-Brown, B. (2013). Effects of household shocks and poverty on the timing of traditional male circumcision and HIV risk in South Africa, AIDS and Behavior, 17(5): 1668-1674. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/87734253/effects-household-shocks-poverty-timing-traditional-male-circumcision-hiv-risk-south-africa
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/752
dc.description.abstract Poverty may influence HIV risk by increasing vulnerability to economic shocks and thereby preventing key health investments. We explored this possibility by examining the relationship between household shocks and the timing of traditional male circumcision, a practice associated with considerable expense and whose HIV-prevention benefits are larger when done earlier, even within young adulthood. Using unique data on a sample of Xhosa men, a group that almost universally practices traditional circumcision, we found that respondents in the poorest households delayed circumcision by 2 years if a household member experienced loss of income or death and/or illness. The impact of these shocks declined with increasing household income. Our findings suggest that interventions that work to mitigate the impact of shocks among the poor may be useful in HIV prevention efforts. More generally, they illustrate that the relationship between HIV and wealth may be more nuanced than assumed in previous work. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AIDS and Behaviour en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject Male circumcision en_US
dc.subject Xhosa men en_US
dc.subject Household shocks en_US
dc.title Effects of household shocks and poverty on the timing of traditional male circumcision and HIV risk in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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