FACTORS INFLUENCING THE UPTAKE OF VOLUNTARY COUNSELLING AND TESTING FOR THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS AMONG ANTENATAL CLINICS ATTENDEES IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II HOSPITAL, MASERU

Stephen Olorunfemi, Stephen Knight

Abstract


Background: Human immunodeficiency virus /Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is currently a major public health problem in Lesotho and mother to child transmission is responsible for 95% of childhood Human Immunodeficiency Virus infections. Voluntary Counseling and Testing in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, has an important role to play in Lesotho’s response to the Human immunodeficiency virus epidemic among women of childbearing age.   In fact, the cornerstone of a successful Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission intervention program is to achieve a high rate of Human immunodeficiency virus testing among pregnant women.