Background: Counselling associated with screening is the entry point into the management for HIV-infected people. The purpose of the present study was to compare the profile of clients from the Screening and Information Centre (CADI) with those from the general population.
Methods: A cross-sectional study including all complete medical records of CADI clients from 1996 to 2006 was conducted. The following information were collected: age, sex, education level, marital status, reasons for screening, desire to share one’s HIV status. The data were analyzed using stata13 software. Pearson khi2 Test was used to compare qualitative variables while Student Test was used to compare averages. The 0.05 significance level was applied.
Results: A sample of 752 observations was analyzed. In 1996, the average age of CADI clients was (29.95 years [29.79 -31.26]) higher than the average age of the general population (21.7 years; p<0.0001). The proportion of women tested at CADI was similar to the proportion of the general population (p=0.980). The proportion of educated clients (73.03%) was higher than the general population (76.3%; p<0.0001), with the same applying for people living in couple (49.15%; p<0.0001) and workers (58.65%; p<0.0001). In 2006, the average age of people tested at CADI (30.62 years) was higher than the average age of the general population (21.7 years; p<0.0001). The proportion of women attending CADI (61.7%) was significantly higher than in the general population (51.7%; p<0.0001). The proportion of educated clients (75.56%) was also higher than the general population (26.1%; p<0.0001). The proportion of CADI clients living in couple was higher (58.93%) although it was low in the general population (0.6%; p<0.0001).
Conclusion: The profile of CADI clients is different from the profile of the general population. Further action must therefore be taken for greater awareness among the less adhering to HIV screening.
Published Date: 2019-06-08; Received Date: 2019-05-15