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Table 2 Distribution of PLWHA by clinical factors at selected public hospitals, North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, 2017 (n = 326)

From: Suicidal ideation and attempt among people living with HIV/AIDS in selected public hospitals: Central Ethiopia

Variables Frequency Percentage (%)
Past psychiatric illness
 Yes 24 7.4
 No 302 92.6
Family history of psychiatric illness
 Yes 11 3.4
 No 315 96.6
History of suicidal thoughts before sero-status known
 Yes 22 6.7
 No 304 93.3
History of suicidal attempt before sero-status known
 Yes 18 5.5
 No 308 94.5
Family history of suicidality
 Yes 13 4.0
 No 313 96.0
Symptoms of anxiety and depression
 Normal 244 74.8
 Mild 40 12.3
 Moderate to severe 42 12.9
History of known medical/psychical illness
 Yes 60 18.4
 No 266 81.6
Time elapsed since sero-status known
 < 4 years 98 30.1
 4–7 years 87 26.7
 7–9 years 67 20.6
 > 9 years 74 22.7
HIV staging
 Stage 1 292 89.6
 Stage 2 21 6.4
 Stage 3 13 4.0
CD4 count (cells/µl)
 < 200 35 10.7
 200–499 149 45.7
 > 500 142 43.6
Started taking ARV drug
 Yes 312 95.7
 No 14 4.3
Ever discontinued ARV drugs
 Yes 34 10.4
 No 292 89.6
HIV status of partner (disclosure status of partner)
 Positive 127 39.0
 Negative 71 21.8
 Unknown 128 39.3
Have a child
 Yes 254 77.9
 No 72 22.1
Have child with HIV
 Yes 41 12.6
 No 285 87.4
Disclosure of HIV status
 Yes 293 89.9
 No 33 10.1
Have family member with HIV
 Yes 112 34.4
 No 214 65.6
Self-rated current health status   
 HIV positive with no symptoms 251 77.0
 Have symptoms, not changed normal daily routines 45 13.8
 Symptoms, change normal daily routines; extra rest not required 22 6.7
 Symptoms, in bed, or resting, less than half of waking hours 8 2.5