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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of women who received couple-oriented post-test HIV counseling. Prenahtest ANRS 12127 trial

From: Couples HIV counselling and couple relationships in India, Georgia and the Dominican Republic

  Dominican Republic (N = 232) Georgia (N = 240) India (N = 239)
n % n % n %
Individual characteristics
 Age (year) median (IQR) 21 (19–27) 25 (22–30) 21 (20–23)
 Age (year)
  16–20 75 32.4 22 9.2 56 23.4
  20–24 78 33.6 83 34.5 141 59.1
  25–29 42 18.1 69 28.8 34 14.2
   > =30 37 15.9 66 27.5 8 3.3
 Educational level
  None, primary and college 110 47.4 . . 113 47.2
  Secondary 100 43.1 70 29.2 96 40.2
  Tertiary 22 9.5 170 70.8 30 12.6
 Previously tested for HIV
  Yes 134 57.8 91 37.9 81 33.9
  No 98 42.2 149 62.1 158 66.1
 Perception of risk of HIV infection from current partner
  Yes 30 12.8 43 17.5 7 2.9
  No 168 71.5 157 63.8 218 90.5
  Doesn’t Know 37 15.7 46 18.7 16 6.6
 Partner ever tested for HIV
  Yes 96 41.4 22 9.2 21 8.8
  No 75 32.3 156 65.0 199 83.3
  Doesn’t know 61 26.3 62 25.8 19 7.9
 Partner alcohol consumption
  Never/Occasionally 226 96.2 229 93.1 225 93.4
  Frequently 9 3.8 17 6.9 16 6.6
Couple characteristics
 Marital status
  Single 21 9.0 6 2.5 . .
  Free union 196 84.5 40 16.7 . .
  Married 15 6.5 194 80.8 239 100.0
 Educational level difference with partner
  Woman more educated than partner 90 38.8 58 24.2 71 29.6
  Partner more educated than woman (<= 2y) 63 27.1 141 58.7 103 43.2
  Partner more educated than woman (> 2y) 48 20.7 41 17.1 65 27.2
  Doesn’t know 31 13.4 . . . .
 Age difference with partner
  Woman older than partner 35 15.1 45 18.8 5 2.1
  Partner older than woman (gap <5y) 83 35.8 120 50.0 125 52.3
  Partner older than woman (gap >5y) 88 37.9 75 31.2 86 36.0
  Doesn’t know 26 11.2 . . 23 9.6
 Remunerated activity within couple
  Woman or both 55 23.7 71 29.6 49 20.5
  Partner only 162 69.8 123 51.3 186 77.8
  None of them 15 6.5 46 19.1 4 1.7
 Cohabitation with partner
  Not cohabiting with partner 30 12.9 15 6.3 18 7.5
  Cohabiting with partner only 178 76.7 115 47.9 97 40.6
  Cohabiting with partner and family-in-law members 24 10.4 110 45.8 124 51.9
 Relationship duration (years)
   < 1 51 22.0 77 32.1 56 23.4
  1–5 124 53.4 113 47.1 144 60.3
   > 5 57 24.6 50 20.8 39 16.3
 Woman accompanied by partner to antenatal care
  Yes 64 27.6 91 37.9 105 43.9
  No 168 72.4 149 62.1 134 56.1
 Planning of the current pregnancy with partner
  Planned 98 42.2 174 72.5 195 81.6
  Not planned 134 57.8 66 27.5 44 18.4
 Perception of partner support during the pregnancy
  Very supportive 146 62.9 92 38.3 164 68.6
  Supportive/not supportive enough 86 37.1 148 61.7 75 31.4
 Emotional or verbal abuse from partner at least once in the last month
  Yes 112 48.3 62 25.8 47 19.7
  No 120 51.7 178 74.2 192 80.3
 Physical abuse from partner at least once in the last month
  Yes 24 10.3 4 1.7 39 16.3
  No 208 89.7 236 98.3 200 83.7
 Ever discussed about HIV with partner
  Never 89 38.4 140 58.4 129 54.1
  On general terms 53 22.8 92 38.3 83 34.7
  On personal terms 90 38.8 8 3.3 27 11.2
 Condom use with partner and discussion about it
  Already used and discussed 100 43.1 72 30.0 64 26.8
  Already used but never discussed 33 14.2 6 2.5 5 2.1
  Never used but already discussed 38 16.4 37 15.4 60 25.1
  Never used and never discussed 61 26.3 125 52.1 110 46.0