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A.7.Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice among youths regarding Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) in Machinjiri and Mitundu

William Jiya

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.

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