TitleCharacteristics of Patients Accessing Care and Treatment for HIV/AIDS at Public and Nongovernmental Sites in South Africa
AuthorsRosen S., Ketlhapile M., Sanne I., DeSilva M. B.
PublicationJ Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic Ill). 2008 Jul; 7(4):200-7.
AbstractLittle is known about the characteristics of patients accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa. In a random sample of 1069 pre-ART and ART patients attending an urban public hospital, a periurban nongovernmental organization (NGO) clinic, and a rural NGO clinic, 79% were female; average age was 34 for women and 37 for men. Two thirds reported having 1 long-term partner, but most did not live with their partner. Three fourths had completed some secondary school or higher; 47% were employed formally (26%) or informally (21%), and 40% lived in informal housing or shacks. Patients at the rural site were less likely to be employed and more likely to receive government grant support. Relative to the HIV-positive population as a whole, ART patients are older, more likely to be female and have 1 long-term partner, live in informal housing, have reached secondary school, and earn an income from formal or informal employment.
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