HIV testing preferences among Makerere university students
Bagadira, Sheena Isabel
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Background: Despite efforts by the Government of Uganda to increase HIV testing especially among target priority areas and population groups such as the youth, HIV testing and counselling among the youth is still low. It is therefore important to examine HIV testing preferences and factors associated with HIV testing preferences among the youth to generate information that will increase HIV testing among Makerere University students. Aim. To describe HIV testing preferences and factors associated with HIV testing preferences among Makerere University students. Methods. This was a descriptive cross sectional study, involving collection of data via google survey document. Data analysis: Data was analyzed using SPSS software package for analysis. Descriptive analysis was performed. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression was done and OR reported at 95% CI. Results. A total of 383 participants were recruited. Self-testing was majorly preferred (56.66%). Preference for being tested by health worker was significantly associated with previously testing at a public hospital (OR=8.850, P=0.006) and low privacy (OR=0.297, P=0.013). Conclusion: Makerere University students have a range of HIV testing preferences. The most important factors are history of HIV testing facility and privacy level. Recommendation: There is need to improve on the privacy level when offering HIV testing services and further studies should be conducted in other universities in Uganda.