alexa Factors Enabling Access to HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing for Key Affected Populations in Thailand.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

Author(s): Thepthien BO, Srivanichakorn S, Apipornchaisakul K

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Abstract The objective was to study the factors that enabled persons at risk of HIV to obtain voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) in Thailand. This research was a cross-sectional study and data were collected during May to July 2013 in 8, purposively selected provinces. The method for selecting respondents used time-location quota sampling to achieve a total sample of 751 persons. The proportion who had VCT in the year prior to the survey was 56\%.The significant enabling factors associated with VCT were having someone encourage them to go for testing and receiving information about VCT In addition, other significant factors for female sex workers were self-assessed risk for HIV and having had risk behavior, and for men who have sex with men the factors were awareness of eligibility for VCT. Thus, in order to achieve the VCT target for higher risk populations by 2016, there should be special mechanisms to inform the different groups, along with improvements in outreach services to make VCT more convenient for key affected populations. © 2015 APJPH. This article was published in Asia Pac J Public Health and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

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