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Correlates of HIV-status awareness among adults in Nairobi slum areas

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The prevalence of HIV in the adult population in slum areas in Nairobi, Kenya, is higher than for residents in the city as a whole. This disparity suggests that the characteristics of slum areas may adversely influence the HIV-prevention strategies directed at reducing the national prevalence of HIV. The objective of the study was to identify some of the sociodemographic and behavioural correlates of HIV-status awareness among the adult population of two slums in Nairobi. In a household-based survey conducted by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), 4 767 men and women aged between 15 and 54 years were randomly sampled from two slums (Korogocho and Viwandani) in Nairobi and data were collected on the social and health context of HIV and AIDS in these settlements. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify factors associated with HIV-status awareness. The proportion of respondents that had ever been tested and knew their HIV status was 53%, with the women having greater awareness of their HIV status (62%) than the men (38%). Awareness of HIV status was significantly associated with age, sex, level of education, marital status and slum of residence. The lower level of HIV-status awareness among the men compared with the women in the slums suggests a poor uptake of HIV-testing services by males. Innovative strategies are needed to ensure greater access and uptake of HIV-testing services by the younger and less-educated residents of these slums if the barriers to HIV-status awareness are to be overcome.

Keywords: HIV prevention; HIV/AIDS; Kenya; health behaviour; household surveys; quantitative research; sociodemographic factors; statistics; sub-Saharan Africa

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Manga Close, PO Box 10787Nairobi,00100, Kenya 2: Population Council, Ralph Bunche Road, PO Box 17643Nairobi,00500, Kenya

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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