Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15578
Title: "You Must Do the Test to Know Your Status": Attitudes to HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing for Adolescents Among South African Youth and their Parents
Contributor(s): MacPhail, Catherine  (author)orcid ; Pettifor, Audrey (author); Coates, Tom (author); Rees, Helen (author)
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1177/1090198106286442
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15578
Abstract: Reduced HIV risk behavior and increased use of care and support services have been demonstrated among adults accessing HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT). The impact of VCT on adolescents is, however, not known. Focus group discussions were held with adolescents and parents in two South African townships to establish the perceptions of and needs for VCT among young people. Ecological theory informed the analysis. Adolescents had limited experience of VCT, were afraid of knowing their HIV status, and felt that testing was only for symptomatic individuals. Youth felt that they would disclose their HIV status to family members who they felt would be most supportive. Youth were afraid of stigma and discrimination; rarely referring to the community as a source of support. Discussions highlighted the inappropriateness of clinical facilities for youth VCT. We conclude with recommendations for youth-friendly VCT services.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Health Education & Behavior, 35(1), p. 87-104
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1090-1981
1552-6127
Field of Research (FOR): 111712 Health Promotion
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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