Original Research

The acceptability and perceived use of HIV self-testing among technical vocational education and training students in Limpopo province

Mimi E. Teffo, Samuel L. Mndzebele, Mathildah M. Mokgatle
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 28 | a2095 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2095 | © 2023 Mimi E. Teffo, Samuel L. Mndzebele, Mathildah M. Mokgatle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 June 2022 | Published: 07 March 2023

About the author(s)

Mimi E. Teffo, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa
Samuel L. Mndzebele, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa; and. Faculty of Education, Institute of Development Management, Mbabane, Eswatini
Mathildah M. Mokgatle, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Human immunodeficiency virus self-testing (HIVST) is a most recent testing modality to reach young people to test for HIV, due to their increased vulnerability of contracting HIV. Limited literature is available describing sexual behaviours and the acceptability of HIVST and its perceived use among students.

Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the acceptability and perceived use of HIV self-testing among students in Limpopo province, South Africa.

Setting: The study was conducted in Limpopo province, at a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of 396 students recruited from a TVET college.

Results: The mean age of the students was 22.9 years, with the majority of the students being female (77.2%). The majority (81.4%) of the students sampled reported regular sexual activity. Sixty per cent of the students had used condoms during their last sexual encounter. The acceptability of HIVST was high, with more women showing the willingness to take up HIVST (82.5%). Being sexually active (odds ratio [OR] 1.23; (confidence interval [CI]: 2.14 -6.94; p = 0.000), a number of sexual partners (OR 1.045; CI: 1.98 -10.02; p = 0.000) and condom use during the last sexual encounter (OR 0.62; CI: 3.81 -9.59; p = 0.000) were factors associated with HIVST.

Conclusion: The high acceptability of HIV shows a need for innovative demand creation in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming.

Contribution: The study contributes to the body of literature about the acceptability and perceived use of HIV self-testing among students. Findings can be used for improving HIVST interventions using innovative approaches.


Keywords

sexual behaviour; sexual partners; young people; HIV testing; condom use

Metrics

Total abstract views: 1718
Total article views: 1497

 

Crossref Citations

1. Assessing Condom Use and Views on HIV Counselling and Testing among TVET College Students in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Mimi Eve Teffo, Mathildah Mpata Mokgatle
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  vol: 20  issue: 11  first page: 6044  year: 2023  
doi: 10.3390/ijerph20116044