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Table 2 Demographic and clinical characteristics of postpartum women attending adherence clubs (ACs) and participating in in-depth interviewsa

From: Experiences of HIV-positive postpartum women and health workers involved with community-based antiretroviral therapy adherence clubs in Cape Town, South Africa

Variable Participants choosing ACs – n (%) In-depth interview participants – n (%)
Number of participants 84 19
Median [IQR] age in years 29 [24, 31] 29 [23, 33]
  < 25 years 22 (26) 6 (32)
 25–34 years 50 (60) 9 (47)
  ≥ 35 years 12 (14) 4 (21)
Home language 82 (98) 18 (95)
 isiXhosa 2 (2) 1 (5)
 Other   
Educational attainment
 Less than secondary 42 (50) 9 (47)
 Completed secondary/any tertiary 42 (50) 10 (53)
Employment status
 Not employed 51 (61) 11 (58)
 Currently employed 32 (38) 8 (42)
Relationship status
 Married/cohabiting 32 (38) 7 (37)
 Single 52 (62) 12 (63)
Parity
 Primaparous 18 (21) 3 (16)
 Multiparous 66 (79) 16 (84)
Pregnancy intention
 Unintended 59 (70) 12 (63)
 Intended 25 (30) 7 (37)
Newly diagnosed HIV+ in pregnancy
 Newly diagnosed 48 (57) 9 (47)
 Diagnosed previously 36 (43) 10 (53)
Any ARV use before pregnancy
 No previous ARV use 58 (69) 13 (68)
 Previous use of ARVs for PMTCT only 17 (20) 4 (21)
 Previous use of ART 9 (11) 2 (11)
CD4 cell count nearest referral to AC
  ≤ 350 cells/μL 34 (42) 8 (42)
  > 350 cells/μL 47 (58) 11 (58)
HIV viral load nearest referral to AC (n = 80)
  < 50 copies/mL 74 (93) 15 (88)
 50–999 copies/mL 5 (6) 2 (12)
  ≥ 1000 copies/mL 1 (1) 0 (0)
Median [IQR] days postpartum at referral to AC 9 [5, 21] 7 [5, 21]
Median [IQR] weeks on ART at referral to AC 23 [19, 27] 21 [18, 25]
  1. aAll cells are n (%) unless specified otherwise