Paulin HN, Blevins M, Koethe JR, Hinton N, Vaz LM, Vergara AE, Mukolo A, Ndatimana E, Moon TD, Vermund SH, Wester CW. HIV testing service awareness and service uptake among female heads of household in rural Mozambique: results from a province-wide survey. BMC public health. 2015 Feb 12;15(15). 132 p. PMID: 25881182 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4339241
HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) utilization remains low in many sub-Saharan African countries, particularly in remote rural settings. We sought to identify factors associated with service awareness and service uptake of VCT among female heads of household in rural Zambézia Province of north-central Mozambique which is characterized by high HIV prevalence (12.6%), poverty, and suboptimal health service access and utilization.