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Table 5 Summary table for suicidal ideation and attempt characteristics at selected public hospitals, North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, 2017

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

Variables Frequency Percentage (%)
Suicidal ideation (n = 326)
 Yes 52 16.0
 No 274 84.0
Duration of suicidal thought since HIV status known (n = 52)
 Within a month (< = 1 month) 34 65.4
 1–3 months 12 23.1
 More than 3 months (> = 3 months) 6 11.5
Suicidal idea with in the last one month (n = 52)
 Yes 15 28.8
 No 37 71.2
Suicidal plan after HIV status known (n = 52)
 Yes 31 59.6
 No 21 40.4
Suicidal attempt (n = 326)
 Yes 23 7.1
 No 303 92.9
Planned suicidal attempt (n = 23)
 Yes 21 91.3
 No 2 8.7
Attempted suicide among planned suicide (n = 31)
 Yes 21 67.7
 No 10 32.3
Duration of suicidal attempt since HIV status known (n = 23)
 Within a month (< = 1 month) 18 78.3
 1–3 months 2 8.7
 More than 3 months (> = 3 months) 3 13.0
Suicidal attempt with in the last one month (n = 23)
 Yes 8 34.8
 No 15 65.2
Frequency of suicidal attempt (n = 23)
 One attempt 13 56.5
 Two attempts 4 17.4
 Three or more attempts 6 26.1
Methods used for attempted suicide (n = 23)
 Hanging 3 13.0
 Poisoning 17 73.9
 Others (jumping, electric shock) 3 13.0
Self-reported reason for attempted suicide (n = 23)
 Poverty 5 21.7
 Fear of HIV (physical illness, stigma) 14 60.9
 Other reasons/combinations 4 17.4
Response most describes the seriousness of the suicidal attempt (n = 23)
 Serious attempt to kill oneself and it was only luck that didn’t succeed 7 30.4
 Tried to kill oneself, but the method was not fool-proof 13 56.5
 Attempt was cry for help, and did not intend to die 3 13.0