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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
Mersa Town
Copyright: Feb-2007
Date Added: 8-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2797
Appears in:Thesis - Public Health

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