Factors influencing access to voluntary counselling and testing services among students from three selected tertiary institutions in Nairobi
Mbatia, Lucy Wambu
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The study was specifically designed to establish whether the youth were aware of VCT services, the reasons that have encouraged them to test or discouraged them from doing so. The benefits of early testing and ways of making VCT services more acceptable to the youth were also established. A total of 180 students formed the study sample. The study findings established that the youth are aware of VCT services. It was however discovered that they have not translated this awareness into taking action (testing) A few of them were noted to have some misconception about how the equipments work and whether the results are reliable. The study established that youth friendly VCT centres are not adequate while the problem of fear and stigmatization is one of the major factors hindering them from testing. Implications of these findings were examined and some recommendations were made to rectify the established shortfalls. Among these are that the government through collaboration with National Aids Control Council (NACC), NASCOP and other stakeholders need to support and sustain the on going awareness campaign. This will change the attitude and encourage many more youths to reap the benefits of early testing. This study was carried out to investigate the factors influencing access to VCT services among the youth in tertiary institutions in Nairobi.