Science Journal of Medicine and Clinical Trials

December 2014,Volume 2014, ISSN: 2276-7487

Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Assessment of Counseling Centre Factors that impede/promote Voluntary Counseling and Testing services among youth in Anambra State

Okafor C1, Ndie E.C2, Chiejina E.N1, Ilo C.I1 and Agbapuonwu N.E1

1Department of Nursing Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Compus
2Department of Nursing Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

Accepted 30 October, 2014; Available Online 31 December,2014

doi: 10.7237/sjmct/227


The aim of the study is to assess the counseling centre factors that impede/promote VCT services among youths. These factors were assessed using a questionnaire as the instrument. A multistage random sampling was used to select 400 respondents from different local government areas in Anambra state of Nigeria. The results show that the youths identified lack of confidentiality (mean score 2.6), as the only counseling centre factor that may impede their response to VCT; while centre factors that promote youths' response to VCT services include availability of Antiretroviral drugs (mean score 3.0), freedom of services (mean score 2.8), centre openness on weekends (mean score 2.5), friendly and non judgmental attitude of service providers (mean score 3.0) and numerous VCT centers (mean score 2.9). It was then recommended that counselors should improve on these counseling centre factors that promote VCT use as identified.

Keyword: Counseling centre, impeding factors, VCT services youths.