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Circumcision practice in the Philippines: community based study
  1. R B Lee
  1. De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines;

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    Male circumcision is a well studied phenomenon. However, much of the published knowledge on circumcision is derived from highly industrialised Western countries, particularly the United States.1 The non-Western context of circumcision is not well known despite being a universal practice in various countries. For example, in the Philippines, circumcision was common in the past as it is at present, being an integral aspect of the social organisation of the society.2,3 This report offers a Philippine perspective of male circumcision, particularly its adoption and complications. The study employed semistructured face to face interviews with 114 circumcised males conveniently recruited using a snowball technique from two communities. One fourth (22) of …

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