Willingness to Seek Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT): An Empirical Analysis Among Sagamu Residents of Ogun State, Nigeria

Willingness to Seek Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT): An Empirical Analysis Among Sagamu Residents of Ogun State, Nigeria

Author by Dr. Rita Ezeokoli

Journal/Publisher: International Journal Of Preventive Medicine Research

Volume/Edition: 12

Language: English

Pages: 65 - 70

Abstract

This study investigated the willingness to seek voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) among Sagamu residents of Ogun
State, Nigeria. The study employed a descriptive survey design to assess the attitudes and use of voluntary counselling and
testing among the residents in Sagamu, the economic center of Sagamu local government area of Ogun State, Nigeria. a total of
287 participants stratified based on their professions (traders, students, and civil servants) were involved. A self-developed
instrument tagged “Willingness to Seek VCT and VCT Knowledge Questionnaire (WSVCTKQ)” was used for the collection
of data. Pearson Product Moment Coefficient and multiple regression statistical analyses were used to analyze the data
collected. The results showed the participants’ knowledge of VCT to be low. A significant positive relationship was found
between participants’ knowledge of VCT and willingness to seek VCT services (r(287) = .371, P < .05). Also, it was found that
willingness to seek VCT services has nothing to do with age and work status. The findings concluded that more awareness
should be created and people should be encouraged to obtain information about their HIV status and seek prompt counselling
and medical intervention where necessary. Governments should therefore establish more VCT centres in both rural and urban
areas to bring VCT service to the door step of the citizens.

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