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Table 1 Distribution of socio-demographic characteristics of Cameroonian women of reproductive age by HIV status

From: Association between fertility and HIV status: what implications for HIV estimates?

Characteristic HIV positive N (%) HIV negative N (%) p-value
Mean age, years (SD) 29.3 (7.6) 28.9 (9.1) 0.304
Median age at first intercourse (range) 16(10–26) 16 (8–33) 0.167
Median parity (range) 2 (0–12) 2 (0–14) <0.001
Median number of living children (range) 2 (0–9) 2 (0–12) <0.001
Place of residence    
Urban 228 (9.5) 2183 (90.5) <0.001
Rural 108 (5.2) 1973 (94.8)  
Marital status    
Never married 37 (6.5) 529 (93.5) <0.001
Currently married 218 (6.2) 3274 (93.8)  
Formerly married 80 (18.5) 353 (81.5)  
Education    
No school 37 (3.5) 1035 (96.5) <0.001
Primary 143 (8.1) 1619 (91.9)  
Secondary/higher 155 (9.4) 1502 (90.6)  
Religion    
Christians 276 (8.7) 2896 (91.3) <0.001
Muslims 45 (5.5) 778 (94.5)  
Others 15 (3.0) 483 (97.0)  
Wealth index    
low 57 (3.8) 1441 (96.2) <0.001
middle 132 (8.8) 1368 (91.2)  
high 146 (9.8) 1350 (90.2)  
  1. HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus
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