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BMC Public Health

, 9:128

First Online: 09 May 2009Received: 09 July 2008Accepted: 09 May 2009DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-9-128

Cite this article as: Charles, M.P., Kweka, E.J., Mahande, A.M. et al. BMC Public Health 2009 9: 128. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-9-128

Abstract

BackgroundVoluntary counseling and testing VCT is a corner stone for successful implementation of prevention, care and support services among HIV negative and positive individuals. VCT is also perceived to be an effective strategy in risk reduction among sexually active young people

This study aimed to assess the acceptability of VCT and its actual uptake among young health care professional students at KCM College of Tumaini University and Allied health schools.

MethodsThis was a cross-sectional study. A structured questionnaire was used among health care professional students aged 18–25 years who were enrolled in degrees, diplomas and certificates courses at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College and all other Allied health schools

ResultsA total of 309 students were recruited, among these 197 63.8% were females. All respondents were aware of the benefits of VCT. Only 107 34.6% of students have had VCT done previously. About 59 19.1% of the students had negative for health care professional to attend VCT. Risk perception among the students was low 37.2% even though they were found to have higher risk behaviors that predispose them to get HIV infection.

ConclusionAwareness of VCT services and willingness to test is high among students; however its uptake is low. In order to promote these services, a comprehensive training module on VCT needs to be included in their training curricula. In particular, more emphasis should focus on the benefits of VCT and to help the students to internalize the risk of HIV so that they can take preventive measures.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-9-128 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Mgosha P Charles - Eliningaya J Kweka - Aneth M Mahande - Longin R Barongo - Seif Shekalaghe - Hassan M Nkya - Asantera

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