TITLE

Profile Of HIV Positive Clients In An ICTC Of A Private Medical College, Andhra Pradesh: A Situational Analysis

AUTHOR(S)
Kommula, V. M.; Mishra, A. K.; Kusneniwar, G.N.; Chappa, S. N.; Rao, K. V. Raghava
PUB. DATE
April 2012
SOURCE
National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine;2012, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p36
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: HIV/AIDS has turned out into global pandemic. In India under National AIDS Control Program (NACP) -III Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers (ICTC) were established throughout the country for providing prevention services through a holistic approach for all segments of the population. Objectives: To study the sociodemographic profile and risk behavior pattern of clients diagnosed HIV positive in the ICTC. Material & method: Study Design: Cross-sectional study (record based) Setting: Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Andhra Pradesh. Subjects- All the 448 seropositive attendees during the year 2007-2010. Data pertaining to total 8845 clients, who availed the services from the ICTC during the above period was assessed for the time trend of HIV infection .Study Variables- Year of reporting, in-referral of the clients, age, sex, educational status, marital status, occupation and pattern of risk behavior in relation to HIV/AIDS. Statistical analysis- Data was analyzed in SPSS version 17.0 . Results: HIV prevalence was found to be declining over the last 4 years, except in 2008. Among the seropositives 62.7% were males and 37.3% were females. 85% were in the reproductive age group 78.1% were married;53.1% were illiterates. Majority of them are labourers from the agricultural background and housewives. In 83.9% of the individuals it is acquired through unprotected heterosexual intercourse. Conclusion- These findings should call for greater introspection among the program managers and facilitate for more customized local planning involving various stakeholders.
ACCESSION #
74621786

 

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