Skip to main content

Table 1 Characteristics of study samples

From: Accuracy and determinants of perceived HIV risk among young women in South Africa

Baseline (2005) data on prospective cohort
2009 cross-sectional sample
  N = 530 N = 539
 Mean (95% CI) 21.3 (21.1–21.5) 24.8 (24.6–25.0)
Years of education
 Mean (95% CI) 10.3 (10.1–10.5) 10.7 (10.5–10.9)
 Completed grade 12 29% 42%
Enrolled in education 40% 9%
Marital status
 Married 6% 15%
Employment status
 Employed 24% 42%
 Know someone with HIV or died of AIDS 69% 66%
HIV Knowledge
 Knows about MTCT na 64%
 Knows that a healthy looking person can have HIV na 68%
 Heard the circumcision protects men na 26%
Number of stigmatising responses
 One na 25%
 Two or three na 14%
HIV testing history
 Yes na 69%
Know partner’s HIV status
 Yes na 47%
  1. Table provides weighted means (95% CI) and proportions for key sample characteristics (for the proportions, we do not report the number of individuals in each category given the use of sample weights). Column (1) contains baseline data for the sample (N = 530) used to analyse the accuracy of risk perceptions. This sample consists of all black, female respondents who reported risk perceptions in 2005 and who provided samples for HIV testing in 2009. Individuals who self-reported that they were HIV positive were excluded from the analysis samples. Column (2) contains baseline data for the sample (N = 539) used to assess correlates of risk perception. This sample includes all black women who provided data on perceived risk and on all covariates assessed. “Na” = survey question not asked in that year