Almost three decades after the first clinical cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were reported. Its epidemics killed millions of people and became a major public health problem. Various preventive strategies have been employed to curb the spread of this infection as there is presently no cure. Abstinence, avoidance of multiple sexual partners, condom use, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and treatment of HIV-infected individuals form the cornerstone of HIV prevention. VCT has been introduced in many low-resource settings as it helps to create awareness of an individuals HIV status and offers the opportunity for counseling on risk behavior modification. It also lessens stigma and has become a first step to accessing care. (Feleke Doyore, Does School Health Education on Voluntary Counseling and Testing Make a Significant change for HIV/AIDS Prevention? A Case of High School Students in Hossana Town, Ethiopia: A Cross Sectional Study).
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