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Table 1 Summary characteristics, including reproductive history and fertility desires of postpartum HIV positive and negative women attending child health services

From: Factors impacting knowledge and use of long acting and permanent contraceptive methods by postpartum HIV positive and negative women in Cape Town, South Africa: a cross-sectional study

Characteristic HIV Positive n = 265 HIV Negative n = 273 P-value*
   n % n %  
Age Median (IQR) 27 (23-32) 25 (21-29) 0.144
Highest level of education†       0.332
  No formal schooling 0 0.0% 0 0.0%  
  Grade 1-7 19 7.2% 16 5.9%  
  Grade 8-12 without matric 171 64.8% 173 63.4%  
  Grade 12 with matric 66 25.0% 66 24.2%  
  Tertiary qualification 8 3.1% 18 6.6%  
Current relationship status‡      0.274
  Married 88 33.3% 93 34.7%  
  Single, stable relationship 166 62.9% 160 59.7%  
  Single, casual relationship 2 0.8% 8 3.0%  
  Single, no relationship 8 3.0% 7 2.6%  
Employment status       0.844
  Paid Job (Yes) 66 24.9% 70 25.6%  
  Paid Job (No) 199 75.1% 203 74.4%  
Number of living children Median (IQR) 2(1-2) 2(1-2) 0.632
Time since delivery (months) Median (IQR) 2.20 (1.28-3.43) 2.40 (1.48-3.38) 0.049
Last pregnancy intended§       0.696
  Yes 101 38.4% 100 36.8%  
  No 162 61.6% 172 63.2%  
Would like another child       < 0.001
  Yes 30 11.3% 74 27.1  
  No 194 73.2% 168 61.5%  
  Unsure 41 15.5% 31 11.4%  
   n = 30 n = 74  
Desired timing of next child ǁ       0.684
  < 12 months 0 0% 0 0%  
  12-24 months 1 3.3% 3 4.2%  
  25-36 months 3 10% 6 8.3%  
  > 36 months 13 43.3% 40 55.6%  
  Unsure 13 43.3% 23 31.9%  
  1. Missing values excluded from denominators in calculation of percentages.
  2. *P-values for comparisons using Wilcoxon sum-rank and chi-squared tests
  3. †One missing value in HIV+
  4. ‡Two missing values in HIV + and five missing values in HIV-,
  5. § Two missing values in HIV + and one missing value in HIV-
  6. ǁTwo missing values in HIV-