A Felicia Chitra1, Kalavathi2 and Manjubala Dash3*
1Professor and Head, Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences,
2Prof and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Anamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
3Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Puducherry, India
*Corresponding Author: Manjubala Dash, Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Puducherry, India.
Received: July 09, 2018; Published: August 14, 2018
Citation: Manjubala Dash., et al. “Utilization of ICTC Services among the College Students”. Acta Scientific Pediatrics 1.2 (2018).
The HIV burden and it’s devastating impact on the human, particularly, the youth populations globally and nationally have gained attention of the World Health Organization and other Voluntary Organizations to take various steps to bring a halt to the epidemic. The United Nations has set the target of diagnosing 90% of all people suffer from HIV by 2020, which means making the PLWHA know their HIV status, towards attaining the goal of eradicating the HIV epidemic by 2030. Stigma and fear of testing positive was the major obstacle in utilizing these VCT services. Apart from this, distance to the VCT centre, lack of knowledge and attitude on VCT services, failing to perceive their risk of contracting HIV, fear of being isolated or discriminated, worries about confidentiality were the other reasons reported as the barriers towards utilization of the VCTs.
Objective: To assess the existing utilization of ICTC services among the college students.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was adopted to assess the existing utilization of ICTC/VCTC services among the1000 college students.
Result: Regarding willingness to get tested for HIV, 82% of the students were not willing to get tested and only 18% of the college students were willing to get tested. Of the 1000 college students, only 0.2% had already undergone HIV test, whereas 99.8% had not tested for HIV previously. In relation to the willing to get tested for HIV, if arranged in the college campus, 56.9% of the students were willing and 43.1% were not willing to get tested for HIV.
Conclusion:Awareness is still lacking on utilization of ICTC services among the college students. There is a need to conduct various programmes to create awareness.
Keywords: ICTC; Utilization; College Students
Copyright: © 2018 Manjubala Dash., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.