'I was circmcised in my uncle's coconut plantation': location and techniques of penile cutting in Papua New Guinea

MacLaren, D., Tommbe, R., Mafile'o, T., Redman-MacLaren, M., Browne, K., and McBride, W.J. (2011) 'I was circmcised in my uncle's coconut plantation': location and techniques of penile cutting in Papua New Guinea. In: Proceedings from the 20th World Congress of Sexual Health (8) 586. pp. 229-230. From: 20th World Congress for Sexual Health, 12-16 June 2011, Glasgow, UK.

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There are a plethora of penile cutting styles, penile cutting techniques and penile cutting locations present across the more than 800 cultural/language groups in Papua New Guinea. The 'Acceptability of Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in PNG' study is documenting diverse penile cutting practices at four study sites.

Across the four sites between one third and two thirds of men reported having some form of penile cutting, with the majority having some form of longitudinal cut of the foreskin performed outside the medical system. Many men from cultural groups that cut the foreskin describe having their foreskin cut in or near a village by a male relative, friend or village expert and often linked to initiation ceremonies. Many men from cultural groups with no tradition of foreskin cutting and who had attended boarding school or university reported having their foreskin cut while at school or university by young men from circumcising groups or those who had learnt from circumcising groups. Tools used include bamboo, razor blades, scalpel blades, sharpened toothbrush handles, and large craft needles with strips of rubber tyre or fishing line. Many young men sourced scalpel blades, pain relief and antibiotic medication from medical clinics (either directly or via friends or relatives) and presented these to foreskin cutters. Modest gifts of money and/or food is exchanged with cutters.

Any potential male circumcision for HIV Prevention programs in Papua New Guinea need to take into account the range of traditional and contemporary penile cutting practices.

Item ID: 21177
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISSN: 1743-6109
Keywords: circumcised, location, techniques, penile cutting
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The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 8, Issue Supplement s3, pages 84–299, June 2011

Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 00:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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