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MARCH Outcome Evaluation

Respondents’ future intention to test for HIV (i.e. in the next 3 months) showed significant and positive association with exposure to the MARCH intervention. Among those who were not tested for HIV in the year preceding the survey, the proportion who said that they were completely sure that they would be tested for HIV in the future increased from a low of 8.6% among the non-exposed to 14% and 23.1% (p<0.05), respectively, among the moderately-and highly-exposed respondents. The association between exposure to the MARCH and the intention to test for HIV appeared more pronounced for the males than females and for the never married than currently married.  In particular, the proportion who said that they would be tested for HIV in the future dramatically increased from 19.5% among the non-exposed to 19.5% and 40%, respectively, among the moderately-and highly-exposed respondents, respectively.  In contrast, the corresponding figures increased slightly; ranging from 7.7% to 11.1% and 12.5, respectively, for the female. There is almost no difference in the proportion who wanted to uptake VCT in the future between the non-exposed and exposed currently married respondents.  

Figure 5 Proportion reporting high intention to under go HIV blood testing in the next 3 months among those who did not test for HIV in the year preceding the survey (N=643), according to selected background characteristics and exposure to the MARCH, Addis Ababa, MARCH outcome survey, May-June 2005

Addis Ababa and West Hararghe

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