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Table 1 Sample characteristics (n = 38)

From: “The one who doesn’t take ART medication has no wealth at all and no purpose on Earth” – a qualitative assessment of how HIV-positive adults in Uganda understand the health and wealth-related benefits of ART

Variable N (%)
Sex
 Female 20 (50%)
 Male 20 (50%)
Employed
 Not currently employed 12 (30%)
 Currently employed 26 (65%)
 Unknown 2 (5%)
Language
 Luganda 22 (55%)
 English 16 (40%)
 Unknown 2 (5%)
Age
 18–39 years 26 (65%)
 40 + years 14 (35%)
Highest level of education completed a
 None 3 (7.5%)
 Primary 14 (35%)
 Secondary 16 (40%)
 Vocational 3 (7.5%)
 University 2 (5%)
 Unknown 2 (5%)
Relationship
 Not in relationship 21 (52.5%)
 In relationship 17 (42.5%)
 Unknown 2 (5%)
 Mean monthly income b $43.50
 Virally suppressed at last clinic viral load (< 200 copies/mL) 18 (45%)
WHO HIV Infection Stage
 Stage 1 (with CD4 > 350 cells/μL) 27 (67.5%)
 Stage 2 (with CD4 < 350 cells/μL) 5 (12.5%)
 Stage 3 or 4 (with CD4 < 200 cells/μL) 6 (15%)
 Unknown 2 (5%)
  1. Data for sex and age obtained from clinic database, so N = 40; variables with “Unknown” are those obtained from survey data at baseline (which was collected 3 months after the qualitative study as part of routine study data collection)
  2. a Individuals in Uganda typically obtain vocational education after primary or secondary school education as post-primary or post-secondary training, but always prior to any university training
  3. b Income estimation is based on the sample after excluding 2 outliers due to their disproportionate likely due to data entry error. USD estimates calculated based on exchange rate of 1 USD = 3700 Ugandan Shillings in January 2019