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Table 4 Suicidality among PLHIV

From: Depression, suicidality, and alcohol use disorder among people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

Variable (n) Categories Frequency (%)a
Lifetime suicidal ideation (1187) Yes 170 (14.3)
No 1017 (85.7)
Age at first suicidal ideation (170) Mean age 29.6 years
Age range 10–66 years
12-month suicidal ideation (169) Yes 35 (20.7)
No 134 (79.3)
Age at last suicidal ideation (138) Mean age 29.3 years
Age range 11–53 years
Lifetime planned suicide (170) Yes 62 (36.5)
No 108 (63.5)
Age at first suicidal planning (64) Mean age 28.2 years
Age range 11–51 years
12-month planned suicide (65) Yes 8 (12.3)
No 57 (87.7)
Age at most recent suicidal planning (57) Mean age 28.2 years
Age range 11–51 years
Lifetime suicide attempt (170) Yes 34 (20.0)
No 136 (80.0)
Number of suicide attempts (34) Modal times Once (n = 27; 79.4%)
Range 1–8 times
Age first suicide attempt (7) Mean age 30.6 years
Age range 23–43 years
Describe suicide attempt (8) Made a serious attempt to commit suicide 6 (75.0)
Suicide attempt was a cry for help 2 (25.0)
12-month suicide attempts (33) Yes 4 (12.1)
No 29 (87.9)
Age last suicide attempt (29) Mean age 17–43 years
Age range 27.7 years
Lethality (1) Yes 1
Describe suicide attempt (32) Made a serious attempt to commit suicide but was lucky it was unsuccessful 22 (66.7)
  Attempted suicide but knew that the method was not fool proof 3 (9.1)
  Suicide attempt was a cry for help, did not intend to die 7 (21.2)
Suicide method (5) Used sharp instruments 1
poisoning e.g. Carbon monoxide (CO), rat poison 2
other 1
Overdose of other drugs (e.g. alcohol, heroin, crack) 1
  1. aOnly valid percent reported