A.7.Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice among youths regarding Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) in Machinjiri and Mitundu
Objective: To assess youth 14-25 years old on knowledge, attitude and practice on VCT.
Methodology: Save the Children-Umoyo Network trained the staffs in random sampling, identifying interview locations, selecting households, selecting respondents, interviewing skills, planning for data collection, tabulation and analysis of results.
A random sample of 19 was used because it provides an acceptable level of error for making management decisions. At least 92 % of the cases it correctly identifies supervision areas that have reached their coverage target.
Youth [14 to 25 years old (boy or girl)] were randomly selected and interviewed from target areas at Machinjiri in Blantyre and Mitundu in Lilongwe.
Results: A total of 114 youth were interviewed.
14.5% of the youth reported to have under gone an HIV test. This is a low uptake of VCT services among the youth.
85% of the youth knew that it is possible in their community for someone to get confidential test.
57% of the youth reported to know of a place where someone can get a confidential HIV test.
48.6% of the youth reported to have collected the results of their HIV test.
41.6% of the youth reported to have disclosed their results to someone.
Conclusions: There is need to increase number of youth accessing VCT services by training more youths in youth friendly services and peer education. The results give a picture for IEC activities in the communities.