Factors affecting responsiveness to uptake of HIV and AIDS testing and counselling services amongst women aged 15-49 in West Nile Region, Uganda
Khemisa, Beatrice Bongiri
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HIV/AIDs is the greatest threat surveyed worldwide of all diseases causing viral infections to the human health over the past three decades. Its results into a progressive failure of the immune system thus thriving a diminished resistance and death. Aids mainstreams across vast populations yet its unchecked thus necessary to examine the populations’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. A secondary research study into the UDHS identifies the objective answerable which is the coverage of HIV/AIDS Testing and Counselling services. 1247 of 18506 women aged 15-49 in West Nile, Uganda were asked if they had ever tested for HIV/AIDS and related factors. Responses categorised Yes and No and the univariate and bivariate STATA analytical returns report majority of the women having ever tested and attained HTCs basing on the conceptualised factors. One’s place of residence, wealth status barely affect response yet remotely influential factors were lack of awareness of HTCs, places of testing and usage of test kits. Henceforth mass awareness to the influential factors, rural development through strategies like electrification, establishment of employment opportunities for women are highly recommendable. Lastly is the banning of fears of other people’s reaction if positive and stigmatisation having attained a HTCs.