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Mobile VCT: reaching men and young people in urban and rural South African pilot studies

Mobile VCT: reaching men and young people in urban and rural South African pilot studies
Mobile VCT: reaching men and young people in urban and rural South African pilot studies
Mounting evidence exists that mobile voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) is able to extend coverage to new localities and populations. We describe two feasibility and acceptability pilot studies conducted in rural and urban South Africa in preparation for the larger NIMH Project Accept HIV prevention trial. A total of 1,015 individuals participated in the pilot studies. Participants in rural Vulindlela were younger (median 22 years) compared to urban Soweto (p < 0.001). Young people were more likely to be first time testers in both sites (p = 0.01 in Vulindlela, p < 0.001 in Soweto), with significantly more men likely to be first time testers than women (p = 0.01 in Vulindlela, p < 0.001 in Soweto). User satisfaction with mobile VCT was extremely high in both sites. Our study shows that providing mobile, high-quality and easy to access services in a high prevalence context is a feasible way to engage youth, men and more rural populations in HIV counselling and testing.
1090-7165
van Rooyen, H.
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McGrath, N.
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van Rooyen, H., McGrath, N., Chirowodza, A., Joseph, P., Fiamma, A., Gray, G., Richter, L. and Coates, T. (2012) Mobile VCT: reaching men and young people in urban and rural South African pilot studies. AIDS and Behavior. (doi:10.1007/s10461-012-0368-x). (PMID:23142856)

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Mounting evidence exists that mobile voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) is able to extend coverage to new localities and populations. We describe two feasibility and acceptability pilot studies conducted in rural and urban South Africa in preparation for the larger NIMH Project Accept HIV prevention trial. A total of 1,015 individuals participated in the pilot studies. Participants in rural Vulindlela were younger (median 22 years) compared to urban Soweto (p < 0.001). Young people were more likely to be first time testers in both sites (p = 0.01 in Vulindlela, p < 0.001 in Soweto), with significantly more men likely to be first time testers than women (p = 0.01 in Vulindlela, p < 0.001 in Soweto). User satisfaction with mobile VCT was extremely high in both sites. Our study shows that providing mobile, high-quality and easy to access services in a high prevalence context is a feasible way to engage youth, men and more rural populations in HIV counselling and testing.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 11 November 2012
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 350231
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350231
ISSN: 1090-7165
PURE UUID: bf069244-f952-44d5-9e7d-0ce134092e01
ORCID for N. McGrath: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1039-0159

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Date deposited: 20 Mar 2013 11:49
Last modified: 21 Nov 2021 03:08

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Author: H. van Rooyen
Author: N. McGrath ORCID iD
Author: A. Chirowodza
Author: P. Joseph
Author: A. Fiamma
Author: G. Gray
Author: L. Richter
Author: T. Coates

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