VENEZUELA HEALTH – Vasectomies in Venezuela, a victory for prevention over machismo

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Dressed in just a surgical gown, Armando walked along the corridor leading to the operating room at a family planning center in Caracas, emerging sterilized shortly thereafter, like 15 other men, after deciding to ignore the macho stigma that persists in Venezuela for men who get vasectomies.

Armando Leiva traveled 700 kilometers (434 miles) to the capital from Guiria, a northeastern coastal town, to have the procedure performed.