Survey: HIV Testing and Counselling – Voices, values and preference of adolescents

Published: October 26, 2011

Introduction
 
The World Health Organization, with partners, is developing international guidelines on HIV testing and counseling for adolescents. As part of this we are looking at adolescents’ views of HIV testing and counselling and would like to know about your thoughts and experiences of HIV testing.

You are being invited to be a part of this. If you decide to participate, you will spend 15 – 20 minutes completing an online survey. The survey includes questions about your personal experience related to testing. We also will ask for some general information (e.g. sex, age, education level) so that we can accurately describe the general traits of adolescents who are taking part. No information that can identify you will be requested to ensure that it is anonymous.

Your responses will be kept completely confidential. We will NOT know your IP address and the results will be uploaded onto a password protected account.

No risks or discomforts are anticipated from taking part in this survey. Your participation is voluntary; if you feel uncomfortable with a question, you can skip that question or exit from the survey altogether. If you are under 18 you will need to ask your parent or guardian if he/she has any problems with you taking part in the study and their permission will have to be indicated on the consent page.

Your views and experiences shared in this survey will be considered in the development of international guidelines. We hope that this will help to develop HIV testing services that support adolescents’ needs. However, it is important to note that changes to your local services are not up to us but participating in this survey ensures that your thoughts and opinions are heard. These guidelines will be available at www.who.int/hiv/pub/vct/en/ from mid 2012.

If you have any questions about this survey you can email us.

Access to survey available at link below –

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