Assessing Differences in HIV Testing and Receipt of Result Between Adolescent and Non-Adolescent Women in Uganda

Stephen Ediru , Kyambogo University
Robert Wamala, Makerere University
Betty Kwagala, Makerere University

Despite notable increase in HIV testing among Uganda’s women, HIV testing among adolescent women remains very low. This study assessed differences in HIV Testing and receipt of Results between adolescent and non-adolescent women in Uganda. The assessment was based on data sourced from 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey. Statistical analysis was done using multivariate decomposition of the logistic regression. In the results, 57.2% and 42.8% of the difference in HIV Testing and receipt of Result between adolescent and non-adolescent women was due to variation in characteristics (57.2%) and variation in the effects of characteristics respectively. Having ever had sex and ever given birth were the key characteristics. Other important factors were education level and marital status. Government and other development partners should scale up HIV testing programs targeting adolescents through tackling stigma, increasing on community outreach services and expanding adolescent friendly HIV services center.

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 Presented in Session 10. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior & Reproductive Health 2