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|Title: ||Willingness of pregnant women attending antenatal care towards voluntary counseling and testing.|
|Authors: ||Yemane, Ambaye|
|Advisors: ||professor Ahmed Ali|
|Copyright: ||2006 |
|Date Added: ||12-May-2008 |
|Publisher: ||Addis Ababa University|
|Abstract: ||Voluntary HIV counseling and testing (VCT) is one of the priority interventions in
HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. VCT is an entry point for the prevention of HIV
transmission from mother to child and accessing VCT benefit from PMTCT services.
This study was designed, to assess the magnitude and identify factors associated with
pregnant women’s expressed willingness towards VCT and describe their knowledge.
Cross-sectional institution based interview survey of 421 pregnant women was held in
one district hospital, two health centers and three health stations. The study was complimented
with four FGD and Key-informant interviews. The study was done in Wukro & Kleteawlaelo
Woredas of Tigray Regional State, north Ethiopia.
The expressed willingness of study participants for VCT was found to be 74.1%. On
examination of multiple factors to detect whether there is association with willingness to VCT or
not: being multigravida (AOR=7.1, 95%CI=1.05,48.3),intention to discuss HIV positive result
with partner(AOR=7.01, 95% CI=1.74,28.15), believing partner has a greater role for
VCT(AOR=3.84, 95%CI=1.12,13.23)were found to have an association .The level of awareness
on VCT and PMTCT was 80.3 and 88.5% respectively.
This study revealed high-level of awareness about HIV, with as well marked
misconception. Expressed willingness was lower when compared to other studies and it was
influenced mainly by gravidity of the woman and male partners. Male partner involvement and
coordinated IEC can assist to overcome barriers of willingness to VCT.
This study could contribute for VCT and PMTCT program expansion in the study area
and elsewhere with similar characteristics.|
|Description: ||A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEGREE OF The MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH.|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Public Health|
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