Profile of hiv positive attendees at integrated counseling and testing centre of a medical teaching institute in andhra pradesh, india

Authors:Mohan Darbastwar, Digambar Kangule, Prashant Kokiwar
Int J Biol Med Res. 2011; 2(4): 862 – 864  |  PDF File

Abstract

Objectives: To study the risk behavior and socio-demographic characteristics of attendees who tested HIV positive at ICTC. Background: HIV/AIDS has turned out into global pandemic. Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre (ICTC) data can guide in identifying the various risk groups for priority targeted interventions to reduce HIV transmission in the community. Methods: A record based study was conducted among the 147 attendees who tested HIV positive at the ICTC between January to July 2008. Results: Out of 147 HIV positive attendees, 82 (55.8%) were males and 65 (44.2%) were females. Maximum were in the age group of 15-49 years. Prevalence of HIV was high among married, illiterate, housewives, semi-skilled workers and those whose spouse was HIV positive. 62.3% of males and 6.2% of females reported promiscuous behavior. Conclusion: Above findings help to identify various risk groups and focus attention on the risk groups for priority targeted interventions.