IBADAN JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 14, No. 2, 2016
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/6102.41.0210

Association of HIV testing behaviour with sociodemographic, sexual behaviour, and testing barrier factors among married persons in selected states of Nigeria

1Sunmola, A.M., 2Isiugo-Abanihe, U.C., 2Aderinto, A.Z, 3Erinosho, O., 4Joseph, R., 4Dike, N.4

1Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
2Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
3Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Abuja
4Northwestern University, USA

 

Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate the association of HIV testing behaviour with sociodemographic, sexual behaviour, and testing barrier factors among married persons in Nigeria. Participants were selected through a multi-stage sampling survey in three states in the country. The study population consisted of 1259 survey participants. Logistic regression was utilized to analyse factors associated with report of not having an HIV test during the previous 12 months. Findings showed that 75% of married persons reported they did not have HIV tests in the past 12 months. Through multivariate analyses, participants who had no HIV test in the period were more likely to be older (AOR 2.06/, 95% CI 1.122 to 3. 788), farmers or otherwise unemployed (AOR 1.265,95% CIO.571 to 2.802) do not know a close place to obtain HlV tests (AOR 3.174, 95% Cl 1.219 to 8.264), had not discussed with someone about HIV test in past year (AOR 3.040,95% C[ 1.187 to 7.786), and could not convince a spouse to take the test (AOR 2.948, 95% CI 1.126 to 7.717). In conclusion, interventions to enable married persons in the regions of study to seek for HIV testing and counselling are needed. In addition to publicity about locations and schedules of testing and counseling sites, messages should be culturally appropriate and contextualize communications within interpersonal or group level discourse with married persons.

 

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