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Table 1 Characteristic of study participants (n = 540 unless indicated otherwise)

From: ART access-related barriers faced by HIV-positive persons linked to care in southern Ghana: a mixed method study

Characteristic Frequency Percent
Study site
 Atua Government Hospital 146 27.0
 St Martin’s Martins de Porres Hospital 148 27.4
 Tema General Hospital 93 17.2
 Fevers Unit, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital 153 28.3
Region
 Greater Accra Region 246 45.6
 Eastern Region 294 54.4
Place of residence
 Urban 275 50.9
 Rural 265 49.1
Sex of respondent
 Male 140 25.9
 Female 400 74.1
Marital status of respondent
 Single 82 15.2
 Married 231 42.9
 Divorced/Separated 78 14.5
 Widowed 108 20.0
 Cohabiting 40 7.4
Religious affiliation of respondent
 Not religious 10 1.9
 Christian 485 89.8
 Muslim 43 7.9
 Traditionalist 2 .4
Level of education
 No formal education 109 20.1
 Primary 123 22.9
 JHS 170 31.4
 SHS/Vocational 102 18.9
 Postsecondary /Tertiary 36 6.7
Current Occupation
 Unemployed 107 21.0
 Self-employed Farmer 338 66.4
 Formal sector employment 9 1.8
 Other 55 10.8
Total 509 100.0
Agea
 18–19 5 .9
 20–24 12 2.2
 25–35 126 23.3
 36–60 374 69.3
 61+ 23 4.3
HIV Disease State
 HIV positive with no AIDS 365 67.6
 HIV positive with AIDS 175 32.4
Number of years on ART
 Don’t know 40 7.4
  < 1 47 8.7
 1–3 171 31.7
 4–6 152 28.1
 7–10 117 21.7
 11 and above 13 2.5
CD4 Cell Count, median (range) 373 (2-1663.0)
Total 540 100
  1. aMean age is 42.3; age ranged from 18 to 65 years