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The Role of Guidance and Counselling Programme in the Fight Against HIV&AIDS among the Youth-A Case Study of Nakuru Municipality

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dc.contributor.author Migwe, Githua William
dc.date.issued 2009-10
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-28T13:36:15Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-28T13:36:15Z
dc.description.abstract The Youth in Kenya and elsewhere in the world are growing up in a complex, fast paced and fast changing society where they don’t understand what is happening or what to do. They face HIV/AIDS epidemic, substance and drug abuse and many other life challenges. Studies show that young people especially between the ages of l4 to 25 years old are at higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. This trend has been attributed to lack of proper or sufficient information and education about the spread of HIV/AIDS. This study therefore was designed to determine the role of guidance and counselling programme in the fight against HIV/AIDS among the youth in Nakuru Municipality, Nakuru District, Rift Valley Province, Kenya. The research design was a descriptive survey that targeted counsellors at the youth centres, medical workers and youth of Nakuru Municipality. The sample constituted l0 counsellors, l2 medical workers and 50 youth purposively selected from two youth centres in Nakuru Municipality. The total sample of the study included 72 respondents. The data was collected through three sets of questionnaires; one set was for the counsellors, the second set for medical workers and the third set for the youth. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics, including frequency tables and percentages. The findings of this study indicated that risky behaviours such as sexual intercourse and drug abuse were the leading causes of the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth. The youth aged between 22-25 years had many sexual partners than those below l8 years old. Pre-test and post-test counselling was vital in preparing youth for HIV/AIDS test and that confidentiality was the key factor for the youth client to engage in a counselling session. From the findings, there is need to strengthen guidance and counselling programmes in youth centres, hospitals and schools by employing professional counsellors who would be able to guide and educate the youth effectively on the spread, effects, prevention and management of HIV/AIDS pandemic. The study has also generated enough information on the need to fight against stigmatization and discrimination to the young people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Through counselling, they are able to live healthy and positively with their HIV sero-status. The findings may be generalized to other youth in Nakuru Municipality. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Egerton University en_US
dc.subject Guidance and Counselling Programme -- HIV&AIDS -- Youth en_US
dc.title The Role of Guidance and Counselling Programme in the Fight Against HIV&AIDS among the Youth-A Case Study of Nakuru Municipality en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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