African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 17, No. 1, 2017, pp. 216-224
Bioline Code: hs17027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2017, pp. 216-224
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Willingness by people living with HIV/AIDS to utilize HIV services provided by Village Health team workers in Kalungu district, central Uganda|
Lubogo, Mutaawe; Anguzu, Ronald; Wanzira, Humphrey; Namugwanya, Irene; Namuddu, Oliver; Ssali, Denis; Nanyonga, Sylivia; Ssentongo, Josephine & Seeley, Janet
Background: Less than one quarter of people in need have access to HIV services in Uganda. This study assessed willingness
of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) to utilize HIV services provided by Village Health Teams (VHTs) in Kalungu
district, central Uganda.
Methods: A cross-sectional study conducted in two health facilities providing anti-retroviral therapy enrolled 312 PLWHAs.
Pre-tested semi-structured questionnaires were administered to participants at household level. A forward fitting logistic regression
model computed the predictors of willingness of PLWHAs to utilize services provided by VHTs.
Results: Overall, 49% were willing to utilize HIV services provided by VHTs increasing to 75.6% if the VHT member was HIV
positive. PLWHAs who resided in urban areas were more likely to utilize HIV services provided by VHTs (AOR 0.24, 95%CI
0.06-0.87). Barriers to utilizing HIV services provided by VHTs were: income level > 40 USD (AOR 6.43 95%CI 1.19-34.68), being
a business person (AOR 8.71 95%CI 1.23-61.72), peasant (AOR 7.95 95%CI 1.37-46.19), lack of encouragement from: peers
(AOR 6.33 95%CI 1.43-28.09), spouses (AOR 4.93 95%CI 1.23-19.82) and community leader (AOR 9.67 95%CI 3.35-27.92).
Conclusion: Social support could improve willingness by PLWHAs to utilize HIV services provided by VHTs for increased
access to HIV services by PLWHA.
Willingness by people living with HIV/AIDS to utilize HIV services provided by Village Health Team workers in Kalungu district, central Uganda