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Table 3 Reasons for delay in initiation of HIV treatment (n = 101)

From: Frequency and reasons for delayed treatment initiation after HIV diagnosis: cross-sectional study in Lahore, Pakistan

Reasons n %
Felt healthy and thought the treatment was not necessary 46 45.5
Fear of stigma and discrimination in community 36 35.6
Did not have time to go to HIV treatment centre 43 42.6
Fear the HIV treatment is not confidential 30 29.7
Fear of medication side effects 31 30.7
Afraid of the cost / Did not have money 26 25.7
Fear of stigma and discrimination at facility 25 24.8
Did not want to take medicine for HIV 34 33.7
Did not know the location of HIV treatment centre 33 32.7
HIV treatment centre too far away 29 28.7
Administration and formalities are too difficult 11 10.9
Detention or imprisonment 5 5.0
Fear of detention or imprisonment 14 13.9
Perception of low service quality at facility 13 12.9
Did not want to think about being HIV-positive 32 31.7
Didn’t believe in HIV test result 34 33.7
Did not want to discuss HIV result 38 37.6
Did not have an insurance 7 6.9
Moved out of town 6 5.9
Test not performed in the hospital providing HIV care 31 30.7