The Role of HIV Testing, Counseling and Treatment in Coping With HIV/AIDS in Uganda: A Qualitative Analysis
October 19, 2009
The current qualitative study explores the role of HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and treatment in helping HIV-positive Ugandans cope with the disease.
ART was preferred by patients over traditional herbal treatment "because it had clear dosages, expiry dates and was scientifically manufactured." Patients not receiving ART had myths and misconceptions about its side effects and effectiveness, delaying their decision to seek treatment. "Stigma and the attached concern of HIV/AIDS-related swift death is a major barrier for VCT," the researchers noted.
"Based on this study's findings, ensuring the provision of quality assured and gender conscious VCT and ART delivery services will enhance positive living and enforce compliance to ART programs," the authors concluded.
07.01.2009; Vol. 21; No. 7: P. 903-908; Barbara Nyanzi-Wakholi; Antonieta Medina Lara; Christine Watera; Paula Munderi; Charles Gilks; Heiner Grosskurth
Experience of Sexual Violence Among Women in HIV Discordant Unions After Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing: A Qualitative Critical Incident Study in Uganda