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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of older persons in rural Uganda

From: Prevalence and determinants of recent HIV testing among older persons in rural Uganda: a cross-sectional study

VariablesNumber (n)Percent (%)
Age group
 50–5931248.3
 60–6917627.2
 70+15824.5
Sex of the respondents
 Female33451.5
 Male31548.5
Education level
 None11117.1
 Primary37858.2
 Secondary or higher16024.7
Worked in the last 12 months
 No30847.5
 Yes34152.5
Religion  
 Catholic27943.0
 Anglican20832.0
 Muslim9915.3
 Others639.7
Currently in union  
 No26240.4
 Yes38759.6
Number of wives or husbands
 One30446.8
 Two plus8312.8
 Not in union26240.4
Correct knowledge about 4–5 HIV transmission statements
 No23035.4
 Yes41964.6
Stigma on at least 4–8 statements
 No43667.2
 Yes21332.8
Total649100.0
Need to test for HIV once a year even when you know you are HIV negative
 No355.4
 Yes61494.6
Do older men who are 50 years older need to be circumcised to prevent HIV in
 No20231.1
 Yes44768.9
Had sex in the last 12 months
 No31449.5
 Yes32050.5
Number of lifetime sexual partners
 One23172.4
 Two or more8827.6
Ever given or received money or gifts for sex
 No49075.5
 Yes15924.5
Gave or received money or gifts for sex in the last 12 months
 No57488.4
 Yes7511.6
Drinks alcohol
 No42665.6
 Yes22334.4
Uses tobacco or drugs
 No56486.9
 Yes8513.1
Self-reported STI in the last 12 months
 No45970.7
 Yes19029.3
Male circumcised
 No19930.7
 Yes11617.9
 No, female33451.5
Ever tested for HIV and received results
 No11918.3
 Yes53081.7
Tested for HIV and received results in the last 12 months
 No30747.3
 Yes34252.7
Total649100
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