Strategies to Boost the Uptake of Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) by University Students

F Mbengo, H Ngirande, ND Ndou, TR Mavundla

Abstract


Voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) is internationally recognised as a gateway to HIV prevention, care and treatment. However, VCT uptake among university students is still low. As there is presently no cure for HIV/AIDS, strategies to boost VCT uptake among university students are critically important. This study explored the strategies to improve the uptake of VCT by university students. The study employed an exploratory and descriptive qualitative study. Focus group discussions (FGD) and field notes were used to collect data. Analysis was done using thematic analysis. The study revealed that VCT services uptake for university students could be improved by increased resource allocation (incentives, human and infrastructural resources), increased awareness campaigns, and improved counselling and making VCT services more accessible.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n15p458


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Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2039-9340(Print) ISSN 2039-2117(Online)

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