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Table 1 Socio demographic characteristics per study groups

From: An exploratory pilot study evaluating the supplementation of standard antibiotic therapy with probiotic lactobacilli in south African women with bacterial vaginosis

Variables Overall Group 1
Healthy + probiotic
Group 2
BV + antibiotic + probiotic
Group 3
BV antibiotic
No. of enrolment 39 13 12 14
Age
 18–29 (%) 20 (51.28) 9 (69.23) 4 (33.33) 7 (50.00)
 30–40 (%) 19 (48.72) 4 (30.77) 8 (66.67) 7 (50.00)
 Median (IQR) 26.0 (22.0–31) 24.0 (23.0–31) 30.0 (24.5–32) 23.5 (20.0–30)
Highest level of education
 Secondary (%) 33 (84.62) 10 (76.92) 10 (83.33) 13 (92.86)
 Tertiary (%) 6 (15.38) 3 (23.08) 2 (16.67) 1 (7.14)
Occupational statusa
 Employed (%) 9 (23.08) 1 (7.69) 5 (41.67) 3 (21.43)
 Student (%) 4 (10.26) 1 (7.69) 2 (16.67) 1 (7.14)
 Unemployed (%) 26 (66.67) 11 (84.62) 5 (41.67) 10 (71.43)
Marital status
 Divorced (%) 3 (7.69) 0 (0.00) 3 (25.00) 0 (0.00)
 Married (%) 5 (12.82) 2 (15.38) 0 (0.00) 3 (21.43)
 Never married (%) 31 (79.49) 11 (84.62) 9 (75.00) 11 (78.57)
People living in a household
 1–5 (%) 26 (66.67) 10 (76.92) 7 (58.33) 9 (64.29)
 > 5 (%) 13 (33.33) 3 (23.08) 5 (41.67) 5 (35.71)
 Median (IQR) 5.00 (4.00–7) 5.00 (4.00–5) 5.00 (3.50–6.5) 5.00 (4.00–7)
Rooms in household
 1–3 (%) 14 (35.90) 5 (38.46) 6 (50.00) 3 (21.43)
 > 3 (%) 25 (64.10) 8 (61.54) 6 (50.00) 11 (78.57)
 Median (IQR) 4.00 (3.00–6) 4.00 (3.00–5) 3.50 (3.00–7) 4.00 (4.00–6)
House material
 Brick house (%) 34 (87.18) 11 (84.62) 10 (83.33) 13 (92.86)
 Shack (%) 5 (12.82) 2 (15.38) 2 (16.67) 1 (7.14)
Used tobacco in the last 6 months
 No (%) 27 (69.23) 10 (76.92) 8 (66.67) 9 (64.29)
 Yes (%) 12 (30.77) 3 (23.08) 4 (33.33) 5 (35.71)
Used alcohol in the last 6 months
 No (%) 15 (38.46) 7 (53.85) 4 (33.33) 4 (28.57)
 Yes (%) 24 (61.54) 6 (46.15) 8 (66.67) 10 (71.43)
  1. a Healthy participants (Group 1) were significantly more likely (p = 0.0254) to be unemployed relative to BV participants receiving antibiotic (Group 2)