"Background: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has emerged as one of the most serious public health problem in the country. Integrated counseling and testing centres (ICTCs) are key entry points for a wide range of interventions in HIV prevention and care. So this study was conducted to find out the socio-demographic profiles, HIV serostatus and risk behavior pattern of attendees and also elucidate the reasons for their visit to centres .
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted among clients who visited ICTC either by self referral or referred by a health care provider from Oct. 2009 to Dec. 2009. It was a cross sectional, observational study and conducted at Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre attached to Microbiology department of G.R. Medical College, Gwalior.
Results: Majority of attendees i.e. 83.2% of the attendees belonged to the age group of 15-45 years and males contributed to 64.75% of the case load in ICTC. An overall 7.06% of the ICTC attendees were HIV positive. The majority of the subjects were illiterate (35.65%). Illness was the main reason for ICTC visit of attendees. A high percentage of non response regarding the pattern of risk behavior was noted among the subjects (57.59% males and 88.37% females).
Conclusion: In absence of curable drugs and vaccine, epidemiological studies should be carried out to find out behavioral, social and demographic factors which help in interruption and control of transmission of disease."