Factors influencing the use of multiple HIV prevention services among transport workers in a city in southwestern Uganda

Benjamin Betunga, Phionah Atuhaire, Catherine Nakasiita, Christa Kanyamuneza, Proscovia Namiiro, Joseph Tugume, Matovu Hairat, Ahmed M. Sarki, Benedicto Mugabi, Birungi Lilian, Richard Mugisha, Edward Kumakech, John Baptist Asiimwe

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Abstract

The use of multiple HIV prevention services has been found to decrease the risk of acquiring HIV when tailored to individuals at risk of HIV exposure, including transport workers. Therefore, we assessed the uptake of multiple HIV prevention services (≥2) and associated factors among transport workers in a city in Southwestern Uganda. This cross-sectional study comprised motorcycle taxi riders, motor vehicle and truck drivers, aged 18 to 55 years who were selected and responded to an interviewer-administered questionnaire, between November 2021 and February 2022. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistical and modified Poisson regression analyses. Out of 420 participants, 97.6% were male, with a median age of 28 years and the majority were aged <34 years (84.6%). Overall, less than half (45.3%) of the participants had used multiple (≥2) HIV prevention services within a oneyear period. Many participants had used condoms (32.2%) followed by voluntary HIV counseling and testing (27.1%), and safe male circumcision (17.3%). Most participants who tested for HIV had ever used condoms (16.2%), followed by those who received safe male circumcision and had ever used condoms (15%), and those who tested for HIV and had started on antiretroviral therapy (ART) (9.1%). In the adjusted model, factors that were significantly associated with the use of multiple HIV prevention services included religion (aPR = 1.25, 95% CI = 1.05-1.49), the number of concurrent sex partners (aPR = 1.33, 95% CI = 1.10-1.61), prior HIV testing and awareness of HIV serostatus (aPR = 0.55, 95% CI = 0.43- 0.70), awareness of HIV prevention services (aPR = 2.49, 95% CI = 1.16-5.38), and financial payment to access HIV services (aPR = 2.27, 95% CI = 1.47-3.49). In conclusion, the uptake of multiple HIV prevention services among transport workers remains suboptimal. Additionally, individual behavioral factors influence the use of multiple HIV services compared with other factors. Therefore, differentiated strategies are needed to increase the utilization of HIV prevention services among transport workers.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0001350
JournalPLOS Global Public Health
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

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