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Table 1 Patients’ characteristics at HAART initiation, Savannakhet, Lao PDR, 2003–2009

From: Women experience a better long-term immune recovery and a better survival on HAART in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Characteristica Men (N=507) Women (N=405) P Overall (N=913)
Age (years)     
Median [IQR] 33 [29 – 38] 32 [27 – 37] 0.003 32 [28 – 38]
WHO clinical stage     
Stage 4 316 (62.3%) 215 (53.1%) < 0.001 531 (58.2%)
Stage 3 143 (28.2%) 117 (28.9%)   261 (28.6%)
Stage 2 35 (6.9%) 44 (10.9%)   79 (8.6%)
Stage 1 13 (2.6%) 29 (7.1%)   42 (4.6%)
CD4 cell count (cells/μL) b     
Median [IQR] 41 [12 – 130] 65 [20 – 166] 0.002 49 [15 – 148]
< 50 236 (55.3%) 155 (44.7%)   391 (50.5%)
50-199 144 (33.7%) 133 (38.3%)   278 (35.9%)
≥ 200 47 (11.0%) 59 (17.0%)   106 (13.6%)
Body mass index (kg/m 2 ) c     
Median [IQR] 18.7 [17.1 – 20.7] 18.2 [16.4 – 20.5] 0.07 18.5 [16.8 – 20.6]
Haemoglobin level (g/dL) d     
Median [IQR] 11.6 [9.9 – 13.2] 11.3 [9.6 – 12.7] 0.07 11.4 [9.7 – 13.1]
  1. a 1 missing value on gender.
  2. b 138 missing values: 80 for men, 58 for women.
  3. c 9 missing values: 7 for men, 2 for women.
  4. d 383 missing values: 211 for men, 172 for women.