Research Article - Journal of Public Health Policy and Planning (2017) Volume 1, Issue 2
Factors influencing contraceptive uptake among sexually active HIV positive clients in TASO Masaka, Uganda.
Globally the prevalence rates of contraceptives are 63% and unmet need for family planning is 11%. Uganda's total fertility rate (TFR) of 6.2 has resulted in a population growth rate of 3.2%, the fastest in Africa and the third highest in the world. Uganda also has a high unmet need for FP services of 41. The study aimed at finding out client limiting factors and health worker factors affecting contraceptive use among clients. The study targeted sexually active clients in five clinics 2 outreaches and 3 facilities. The study discovered a high unmet need for family planning at 37%. Client’s choice of method was due to personal influence. Side effects prevented clients from using contraceptives; desire to have more children and ART interactions. Condoms and injection was high among methods used. Health workers need to come up with strategies to address the unmet need for contraceptive use, addressing side effects and social cultural practices that affect contraceptive use.Author(s): Ivan Magala*, Lilian Onega, Nalubega Rose, Serunjogi Patrick