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Table 1 Baseline characteristics

From: Use of traditional complementary and alternative medicine for HIV patients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Variable N = 618 %
Sex   
   Male 180 29.1
   Female 438 70.9
Age in years   
   18–29 167 27.0
   30–39 269 43.5
   40–49 121 19.6
   50 and above 61 9.9
Marital status   
   Never married 433 71.0
   Currently married 73 12.0
   Cohabitating 68 11.1
   Divorced/separated 14 2.3
   Widowed 22 3.6
Highest education   
   None 42 6.8
   Primary 447 72.7
   Secondary 122 19.8
   Post-secondary 4 .7
Ethnicity   
   Zulu 612 99.0
   Other 6 1.0
Religious affiliation   
   African/traditional 58 9.4
   Christian (Protestant churches) 88 14.2
   Christian (Catholic) 40 6.5
   Apostolic 57 9.2
   Zion Christian Church 167 27.0
   Other 102 16.5
   No religion 106 17.2
Residence   
   Rural village 285 46.3
   Informal settlements (slums) 30 4.9
   Urban/metropolitan areas 47 7.6
   Township 150 24.4
   Farm 104 16.9
Employment situation   
   Housewife, home maker 86 14.1
   Unemployed 383 63.0
   Employed 117 19.2
   Pensioner, student, disabled 22 3.6
Main source of household income   
   Formal salary 182 29.4
   Contribution by adult members 115 18.6
   Government grant 138 22.3
   Grants/donations by private welfare organizations 87 14.1
   No income (other than social grant) 45 7.3
   Other 51 8.3