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A participatory evaluation of HIV/AIDS counselling, medical, and social services (offered by TASO) 1993-1994: part of the findings on counselling.
Kakeeto-Lukubo MG; Kaleeba N; Ssebanja P; Madraa E; Kaseje M; TASO
January 30, 1997
Int Conf AIDS. 1996 Jul 7-12;11(1):183 (abstract no. Mo.D.1751). Unique

A question: Are TASO counselling services helping to promote safer sex practices among its clients and their families? Methods: The evaluation exercise was conducted by a selection of TASO staff, service users, with guidance of the Uganda AIDS control programme (ACP) and technical assistance of the WHO Global programme on AIDS. Data was collected using questionnaires, focus group discussions, counselling sessions and key informants interviews. Results: 688 TASO (242 male and 446 female) clients reported to be using safer sex. 45% of them were using abstinence while 33% were on condoms. 22% were using other forms of safer sex. By gender, condom use rated 48% in males, 26% in females, while abstinence was 28% in males and 56% in females. On condom use, it was further found out that 57.2% (of 246 responents) were consistently using them. There was a reported increase of 7.4% between the previous year and the time of the evaluation. Conclusion: Counselling helps to promote safer sex practices. There is more preference to abstinence and condom use than other options. Females who have regular sexual partners and are economically dependent on them have less powers of negotiating for safer sex than those with irregular partners.Recommendations: There is need to: 1) Step up the sensitisation for males to understand and commit themselves to the importance of safer sex; 2) Empower women to improve their negotiation skills for safer sex, and, 3) Promote other forms of safer sex, e.g. masturbation.

*Counseling *Health Promotion *Health Services *Sex Behavior

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