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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the study participants at baseline (M0) in JUSH, Southwest Ethiopia, 2007 (N = 400)

From: Predictors of adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected persons: a prospective study in Southwest Ethiopia

Characteristics Frb (%)
Sex  
   Male 161(40.3)
   Female 239(59.8)
Age  
   18–24 54(13.5)
   25–34 194(48.5)
   35–44 120(30.0)
   ≥ 45 32(8.0)
Permanent address  
   Jimma 389(97.3)
   Out of Jimma 11(2.8)
Ethnicity  
   Oromo 161(40.3)
   Amhara 126(31.5)
   Kefa 35(8.8)
   Dawro 31(7.8)
   Gurage 21(5.3)
   Tigre 12(3.0)
   Others* 14(3.3)
Marital Status  
   Married 180(45.0)
   Single 78(19.5)
   Windowed 72(18.0)
   Separated 41(10.3)
   Divorced 29(7.3)
Religion  
   Orthodox 231(57.8)
   Muslim 99 (24.8)
   Protestant 62 (15.5)
   Others** 8(2.0)
Educational status  
   Illiterate 43(10.7)
   Read & write/no formal education 14(3.5)
   Elementary 110(27.5)
   Secondary 201(50.3)
   12+ 32(8.0)
Occupation  
   Employed 139(34.8)
   Merchant 68(17.0)
   Daily laborer 36(9.0)
   Have no job 143(35.8)
   Others£ 14(3.5)
Monthly income ETBa  
   ≤ 500 196(78.1)
   501–999 38(15.1)
   ≥ 1000 17(6.8)
  1. *Yem, Wolayita, Kenbata, Sidama, Bench, **Catholic, Jova whiteness, No religion £Farmer, Prisoner, Bar lady, Retired
  2. a Exchange rate 1 USD = 8.6 Ethiopian Birr (ETB), b Frequency