DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20184727

Profile of HIV sero-positive attendees: an integrated counselling and testing centre record based retrospective study

Anju Damu Ade, Bhavani Yamasani, Ravi Sankar Deekala, Nagaraj Kondagunta, Dnyaneshwar T. Katyarmal

Abstract


Background: The sustainable development goal target is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. The objectives of the study were to find out the pattern of socio-demographic profile among HIV sero-positive patients attending ICTC centre in SVIMS, Tirupati and to study the risk behaviour pattern among HIV sero-positives.

Methods: Retrospective cross sectional study was undertaken at ICTC Centre, SVIMS, SPMC (W), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. The records of data of all the HIV sero-positive attendees who attended the ICTC from January 2013 to June 2018 were included as study subjects. Records maintained were noted in proforma containing socio-demographic characteristics of HIV seropositive patients. Data was analysed using SPSS software version 23.00.

Results: Majority of sero-positives were illiterates, married, daily wage labourers from rural area, in 20 to 60 years age group. Transmission was predominantly through the heterosexual route (96.1%). 68(54.4%) males and 63(72.4%) females were sero-concordant while 57 (45.6%) males and 24 (27.6%) females were sero-discordant.

Conclusions: There is need to carry out intense IEC activities for behavior change at grass root levels. Low literacy and limited access to health facilities should be addressed.


Keywords


HIV seropositive, Risk behaviour, ICTC, Andhra Pradesh

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