Perceived barriers to the uptake of health services among first-year university students in Johannesburg, South Africa

By  Nozipho Musakwa  Dr. Jacob Bor  Cornelius Nattey  Elisabet Lo¨nnermark, Peter Nyasulu  Dr. Lawrence Long  Dr. Denise Evans  |  | 

In South Africa, the 15-24-year age group are at an increased risk of HIV infection [1]. In 2017, HIV incidence for young adults between the ages of 15–24 was 1.0% (95% CI 0.86–1.15),
translating to an estimated 88 400 new infections [2, 3]. In the same year, WHO and other UN partners launched the Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!), which
called for the systematic inclusion of adolescents’ expectations and perspectives in health planning processes [4]. However, many stakeholders have shown inadequate insight into the factors
that influence adolescent health. Understanding the specific health needs of young adults could help countries tailor policies to address these specific needs and improve adolescent health

Despite perceived barriers to accessing HIV and TB services off campus, fewer than one in five students starting out at university opted to use campus health services. Campus health services could address many of the barriers unique to university students.

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