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Table 1 Characteristics of participants by country

From: Developing a short-form version of the HIV Disability Questionnaire (SF-HDQ) for use in clinical practice: a Rasch analysis

Characteristic Canada (n = 941) Ireland (n = 96)
Number (%) Number (%)
Gender   
 Men 740 (79%) 71 (74%)
 Women 159 (17%) 23 (24%)
 Transgender 19 (2%) 2 (2%)
 Two-spirited 15 (2%)
 Missing 8 (1%)
Median age in years (25–75th percentile) 48 (39–54) 41 (34–48)
 50 years or older 405 (43%) 22 (23%)
Median time since HIV diagnosis in years (25–75th percentile) 13 (6–21) 9 (4–14)
Taking antiretroviral therapy 851 (90%) 84 (88%)
Undetectable viral load (< 40 copies/mL)b 572 (67%) 41 (85%)
Employment status (full-time or part-time) 350 (37%) 52 (54%)
Median number of concurrent health conditions (25–75th percentile) 3 (1–6) 1 (0–3)
Living with ≥ 2 concurrent health conditions in addition to HIV 518 (72%) 39 (41%)
Common concurrent health conditionsa   
 Mental health condition 392 (42%) 18 (19%)
 Muscle pain 308 (33%) 21 (22%)
 Joint pain 282 (30%) 22 (23%)
 Addiction 248 (26%) 9 (9%)
 Neurocognitive decline 209 (22%) 11 (12%)
 Hepatitis Cc 95 (10%) 21 (22%)
 Self-rated health status ‘very good’ 274 (29%) 34 (35%)
  1. Number of participants: n = 1037; Not all characteristics add to the total n due to missing responses
  2. aConcurrent health conditions experienced by ≥ 20% of respondents in either sample
  3. bBased on number of participants who confirmed they were taking antiretroviral therapy; out of 851 (Canadian) and 48 (Irish) samples respectively. Among Canadian sample, 44 (5%) could not remember or did not know their viral load
  4. cIrish sample recruited from an HIV-Hep-C co-infection clinic