Socio-Demographic profile of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
AIDS is one of the important health problems facing developing countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. It constitutes a major public health threat responsible for morbidity and mortality in these areas. It is a debilitating disease of profound immunosuppression produced by chronic infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and if not treated exposes the person to a myriad of opportunistic infections. HIV/AIDS is generally regarded as a social disease because of its mode of transmission and the associated lifestyle involved. The study was designed to evaluate the socio-economic profile of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Structured questionnaires were used to collect socio-economic characteristics of demographic information from recruited participants who were attendees of HIV adult clinics at two hospitals in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
A total of 145 people completed the study. There were 46 (31.7%) males and 99 (68.3%) females. Data collected showed that age, sex, marital status, education are important factors associated with the characteristics of people living with HIV!AIDS in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
There is need for continuous evaluation/monitoring of these characteristics in PLWHA to assess the improvement of socio-economic factors that influence HIV spread in the environment.
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