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|Title: ||Assessment of Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing (VCT) service Utilization Among 15-49 years age group In Mersa Town of Habru District, North Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia|
|Authors: ||Sinidu, Bekele|
|Advisors: ||Dr. Fikre Enquselassie (PhD)|
|Keywords: ||Voluntary HIV Counseling|
|Copyright: ||Feb-2007 |
|Date Added: ||8-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||VCT offers holistic approach that can address HIV in the broader context of people lives.
However, the current reach of HIV testing service is poor and uptake is often low. Identifying
factors influencing VCT service utilization is essential in promoting service utilization.
A cross-sectional community based study was conducted from September- December 2006 in
Mersa Town of Habru District, North wollo Zone, Amhara region to assess the magnitude of
VCT service utilization, willingness of utilizing VCT service and factors influencing utilization
of service among 15-49 years of age.
A total of 590 respondents were involved in this study. Three hundred nineteen (54.1%) were
females. The mean age of the respondent was 28.3 years (± sd 8.8).
Of the total study participants 154 (26.1%) ever had HIV test. The main reasons for HIV test
were for pre-marital and to know self-status, on the other hand the main reason for those who
have not had test was because of self and partner trust. Four hundred and ninety seven (90.4%)
were willing to utilize the VCT service. Multivariate analysis showed that being in age group 20-
29, married, educational level of secondary and above, sexual experience with multiple partners,
perceived risk to HIV infection, and those who had knowledge about HIV/AIDS and VCT were
more likely to utilize service respectively. While individuals with discriminating and
stigmatizing attitude, and age group 30-39 were less likely to utilize service respectively.
Based on the finding strengthened IEC/BCC activities using Health institutions, media and local
resources to enhance service utilization and to reduce stigma and discrimination, encouraging
pre-marital HIV test through IEC activities by involving all possible stakeholders, marriage
agencies, and parents are recommended.|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Public Health|
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