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An Ounce of Prevention: Understanding the barriers and motivations to HIV testing among women in Trinidad and Tobago

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dc.contributor.advisor Hambly Odame, Helen
dc.contributor.author Cherrie Apang, Aleisha
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-13T18:25:24Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-13T18:25:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-04
dc.date.created 2014-05-08
dc.date.issued 2014-05-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8124
dc.description.abstract Ever since its discovery in Trinidad and Tobago in 1983, HIV/AIDS continues to pose a significant threat to the government’s vision for national development. Despite significant progress being made, many challenges exist including the feminization of the epidemic with women representing more than half of all new infections. This thesis explores the barriers and motivational factors impacting on behavioural change among women in Trinidad and Tobago as it relates to Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) for HIV. The epistemological approach taken was based on social constructivism and interpretivism. The methodology included semi-structured interviews with 31 participants, a visual ranking survey with 241 respondents and observation. The findings reveal that the barriers and motivations impacting on women’s uptake of VCT are highly interconnected and so consistent, targeted cues to action and strong community level support are crucial in order to increase women’s likelihood of action and sense of self-efficacy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject HIV testing en_US
dc.subject Barriers and motivations en_US
dc.subject Women and HIV en_US
dc.subject Women and HIV testing en_US
dc.subject Behaviour change and HIV testing en_US
dc.subject Barriers and motivations to HIV testing en_US
dc.subject HIV in Trinidad and Tobago en_US
dc.subject Behaviour change and women en_US
dc.subject VCT en_US
dc.subject HIV in the Caribbean en_US
dc.subject Cues to action and HIV prevention en_US
dc.subject Cues to action and HIV testing en_US
dc.subject Voluntary Counselling and Testing en_US
dc.subject Women and Voluntary Counselling and Testing en_US
dc.subject Voluntary Counselling and Testing in Trinidad and Tobago en_US
dc.subject Women and HIV prevention en_US
dc.title An Ounce of Prevention: Understanding the barriers and motivations to HIV testing among women in Trinidad and Tobago en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Capacity Development and Extension en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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