Perceptions of Adult Male Circumcision

Principal Investigator: Héctor Carrillo

Full Title: Cultural Factors Associated with Acceptability of Male Circumcision as a Method for Preventing HIV Infection in Communities of Mexican Migrants in Mexico and California: Masculinity, Body and Sexuality

In this study, Dr. Carrillo seeks to analyze the cultural meanings of adult circumcision among Mexican immigrant men and women and their health care providers. Drawing on findings of various medical research studies, many promote this practice as an HIV risk reduction strategy in places around the world, including Mexico where only approximately 30% of Mexican men are circumcised. To date, no studies have analyzed whether the practice would be culturally acceptable or the implications that it may have for men’s sexuality and sense of masculinity. With funding from the PIMSA (Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud) and CHRP (California HIV Research Program) programs, Dr. Carrillo will collaborate in this project with researchers at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and the National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS in Mexico City.


In Summer 2009, Dr. Carrillo and Walter Gomez – along with Mexico City Collaborators – completed the data collection phase.

Dr. Carrillo began data analysis in Fall 2009