Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity in Communication: Circumcision among the Luo Cultural Group in Kenya
The Luo cultural group found in Kenya, East Africa, does not practice male circumcision (Serah, 2008). There is a relationship between male circumcision and HIV/AIDS infection.
Kenya has HIV/AIDS prevalence of about 6.1% according to a study by UNAIDS conducted in 2006. This provides an excellent case study of any medical research and thus the choice of this article. This paper will focus on the Luo, its belief in male circumcision and the relationship between male circumcision and HIV/AIDS infection. In addition, main points from the article used are summarized with ways that enhance efficient communication to demonstrate cultural sensitivity coming before the conclusion (UNAIDS 2006).
The HIV/AIDS pandemic affects the Sub-Saharan countries the most, with prevalence of averagely 8.8% (UNAIDS 2006). These are alarming statistics given the rate at which HIV/AIDS is killing people in Africa. The statistics have fostered awareness among the region’s countries. One of the chief campaign strategies that regard HIV/AIDS infection is male circumcision and its ability to reduce HIV/AIDS infection. Some cultural groups in Sub-Saharan countries do not practice male circumcision. Among these are the Luo, a cultural group in Kenya, East Africa.
The Luo speakers of Kenya do not practice male circumcision given their conservative cultural values. They instead recognize initiation where there is the removal of six front teeth: three on the upper jaw and three on the lower jaw. Since time immemorial, the Luo people have rejected the idea of circumcision despite the numerous persuasions from the health community. ...