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Table 1 Socio demographic characteristics of HIV positive patients in Dessie referral hospital, South Wollo, Ethiopia (n = 395)

From: Prevalence of depression and associated factors among HIV/AIDS patients attending antiretroviral therapy clinic at Dessie referral hospital, South Wollo, Ethiopia

Characteristics Category Frequency(n) Percentage (%)
Age 18–24 13 3.3
25–34 114 28.8
35–44 182 46.1
45–54 58 14.6
≥ 55 28 7
Sex Male 153 38.7
Female 242 61.3
Residence Urban 357 90.4
Rural 38 9.6
Marital status Married 176 44.5
Single 74 18.7
Divorced 60 15.3
Widowed 85 21.5
Level of education No formal education 209 52.9
Primary school 93 23.5
Secondary school 60 15.2
Diploma and above 33 8.3
Occupation Unemployed 18 4.5
Government employed 69 17.5
Housewife 144 36.5
Daily laborer 99 25.1
Merchant 37 9.3
Farmers 28 7.1
Income in ETB < 2000 234 59.2
≥ 2000 161 40.8
With whom you live Rented accommodation 186 47.1
Own home 209 52.9