While adverse effects due to VMCC remain low, the WHO has reported an increase in severe infection-related adverse effects and has emphasized the need to mitigate post-VMCC infection risk, including proper wound management by clients. This study aimed to explore reasons that hinder adolescents proper wound management in order to inform risk-reduction strategies. Between August and September 2015, 20 in-depth interviews were conducted with VMMC adolescent clients (10-19 years) 6-8 weeks post-procedure. Eight focus group discussions (FGDs) were also held with male (n=4 FGDs) and female (n=4 FGDs) parents/caregivers. Data suggested that although wound care instructions were adequately articulated and comprehended during counseling, younger adolescents (10-14) failed to recall these instructions. Involving parents/guardians during some of the counseling for younger adolescents and creating age-appropriate materials on wound care will likely be important factors in curbing these infections.
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