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Table 1 Sample characteristics by age group (N = 496)

From: Unmet basic needs negatively affect health-related quality of life in people aging with HIV: results from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places study

Variables   Age groups p a
All sample 20-34 35-49 ≥ 50
N = 496 n = 70 n = 310 n = 116
% % % %
Demographic variables
 Male 76.2 52.9 79.4 81.9 <0.001
 Caucasian 75.6 65.7 73.6 87.1 0.002
 Heterosexual 34.1 54.3 32.9 27.6 <0.001
Economic variables
 No high school degree 20.6 25.7 21.6 14.7 0.15
 Unemployed 80.4 74.3 79.7 86.2 0.12
 Low income (< 1150 CAD/month) 51.4 61.4 49.0 51.7 0.17
Social variables
 Low support (MOS-SSS < 43) 51.0 51.4 48.7 56.9 0.32
 Living alone 50.0 22.9 50.7 64.7 <0.001
Clinical variables
 A history of AIDS diagnosis 52.0 24.3 56.1 57.8 <0.001
 CD4 count < 200 cells/mL (n = 412) 60.9 28.9 65.5 65.7 <0.001
 Years since HIV diagnosis (mean, SD) 11.4 (6.5) 5.3 (4.5) 11.7 (6.0) 14.3 (6.4) <0.001
 Years since starting ART (n = 379, mean, SD) 8.1 (5.5) 4.0 (3.6) 7.9 (5.3) 9.7 (5.6) <0.001
Health-related quality of life
 Physical health summary scores (mean, SD) 42.6 (10.8) 47.5 (9.0) 42.7 (11.0) 39.5 (10.2) <0.001
 Mental health summary scores (mean, SD) 43.4 (11.9) 42.4 (12.5) 43.6 (11.9) 43.5 (11.6) 0.72
  1. ap of Chi-Square test (two-sided) or one-way ANOVA test. MOS-SSS: Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey; ART: antiretroviral therapy; SD: Standard Deviation