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Table 3 Socio-economic characteristics of respondents

From: Experiences of new diagnoses among HIV-positive persons: implications for public health

Indicator Details Total (%)
Age 25–68 years
Median age: 49 years
Standard deviation: 10.94 years
Mean age: 46.84 years
 
Sex Females: 21 (80.8%)
Males: 5 (19.2%)
26 (100%)
Ethnicity Indigenous Dangmes: 22 (84.6%)
Others: 4 (15.4%)
26 (100%)
Employment status Petty traders: 8 (30.8%)
Farmers: 2
Seamstress/auto electrician: 3
Unemployed: 8 (30.8%)
Labourer: 1
Apprentice: 1
Public sector workers: 2
Retiree: 1
26 (100%)
Level of formal education None: 5 (19.2%)
Less than basic school, i.e., less than current 9/former 10 years post nursery school: 10 (38.5%)
Basic school: 7 (26.9%)
Senior high: 1
Vocational: 1
Some College/College: 2
26 (100%)
Marital status Single (separated/widowed after cohabiting/never married/widowed): 17 (65.4%)
Married: 6 (23.1%)
Cohabiting: 3
26 (100%)
Duration of HIV+ status 6 months-12 years
Median: 5.0 years
Mean: 5.43 years
Standard deviation: 3.52 years
One respondent: “less than a year ago”; s/he was not added to the calculation for the average years of HIV+ diagnosis
 
Had biological children/young biological dependants at the time of diagnosis? Yes: 18 (69.2%)
No: 8 (30.8%)
26 (100%)
Had non-biological children/young non-biological dependants at the time of diagnosis? Yes: 12 (46.2%)
No: 14 (53.8%)
26 (100%)
HIV+ status of spouse/partner Positive: 9 (34.6%)
Negative: 4 (15.4%)
Unknown/not tested: 13 (50.0%)
26 (100%)
  1. Source: Author’s field work, June-July, 2015