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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the study participants

From: Prevalence of malnutrition and its associated factors among adult people living with HIV/AIDS receiving anti-retroviral therapy at Butajira Hospital, southern Ethiopia

Characteristics   Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Sex Male 116 38.0
Female 189 62.0
Age 18–29 36 11.8
30–44 185 60.7
≥45 84 27.5
Marital status Single 19 6.2
Married 154 50.5
Divorced 42 13.8
Widowed 81 26.6
Separated 9 3.0
Family size ≤3 148 22.8
4–6 137 21.1
>6 20 3.1
Educational status Unable to read and write 121 39.7
Able to read and write 38 12.5
Primary education 80 26.2
Secondary education 47 15.4
Tertiary education 19 6.2
Religion Orthodox 143 46.9
Muslim 102 33.4
Protestant and Catholic 60 19.7
Ethnicity Gurage 178 58.4
Silitie 55 18.0
Amhara 40 13.1
Oromo 14 4.6
Hadiya 18 5.9
Occupation Governmental employer 40 13.1
Self employer 51 16.7
Farmer 39 12.8
Merchant 45 14.8
Daily laborer 60 19.7
House wife 49 16.1
Jobless 21 6.9
Residence Urban 177 58.0
Rural 128 42.0
Monthly income in ETB <1,000 264 86.6
  ≥1,000 41 13.4
  1. More than half of the patients were married, many had a family size of 4–6 members, and many were unable to read and write. The majority of the patients had less than 1,000 Ethiopian birr monthly income.