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Journal of Pregnancy
Volume 2016, Article ID 3073908, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3073908
Research Article

Male Partner’s Involvement in HIV Counselling and Testing and Associated Factors among Partners of Pregnant Women in Gondar Town, Northwest Ethiopia

1Department of Pediatric Operation Theatre, Black Lion teaching Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2Department of Reproductive Health, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, University of Gondar, P.O. Box 196, Gondar, Ethiopia
3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, University of Gondar, P.O. Box 196, Gondar, Ethiopia
4Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Debre Markos University, P.O. Box 269, Debre Markos, Ethiopia

Received 19 November 2015; Accepted 10 July 2016

Academic Editor: Fabio Facchinetti

Copyright © 2016 Alemu Zenebe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Despite the existence of several programmes promoting male involvement in HIV counselling and testing during their wife’s pregnancy as a part of PMTCT, few men have heeded the call. The aim of this study was to assess male partner’s involvement in HCT and its associated factors. Methods. This study was based on institution based cross-sectional study design that used systematic random sampling technique. A total of 416 partners were interviewed in the data collection. Multivariable logistic regression model was fitted to identify the independent predictors. Result. In this study, the prevalence of male involvement in HCT was found to be 40.1% (95% CI: 35.3%–44.7%). The independent predictors of male involvement were partners who were younger, were cohabitant, were with multigravida wives, were knowledgeable on route of mother-to-child transmission, and discussed HCT. Conclusion. The prevalence of male involvement in HCT was found to be suboptimal compared to similar studies in Ethiopia. There is a need of interventions on partners who are older, separated, and with lower gravidity wife. Awareness creation campaign should also be created on the route of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and on the importance of discussion with wife.