Reasons for avoidance of Human Immune Virus (HIV) counseling and testing among undergraduate students of University of KwaZulu-Natal in the year 2011

Rashmi Venugopala, Myra Taylor


It has been highlighted by many studies that young people between the ages of 15 to 29 years have the greatest risk of HIV infection (1). There is a constant flow of students into and out of a University. New students bring with them new knowledge, attitudes and perception. There is therefore the need to research whether the campaigns encouraging students to undergo testing and resources available on different campuses of University of KwaZulu-Natal have brought about changes in the attitudes of students towards HIV counseling and testing. Also what needs to be looked at is the actual utilization of HIV counseling and testing resources available on campuses. Adequacy of these resources also needs to be investigated. This study hopes to provide new information about these issues.