Socio-Demographic profile of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria


  • Ifeyiunwa Chijioke Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Management, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt
  • Yetunde Akani Department of Medical Social Services, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


Socio-economic, Profile, People living with HIV/AIDS


Background: AIDS is one of the important health problems facing developing countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. It constitutes a major public health threat responsible for morbidity and mortality in these areas. It is a debilitating disease of profound immunosuppression produced by chronic infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and if not treated exposes the person to a myriad of opportunistic infections. HIV/AIDS is generally regarded as a social disease because of its mode of transmission and the associated lifestyle involved. The study was designed to evaluate the socio-economic profile of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Methods: Structured questionnaires were used to collect socio-economic characteristics of demographic information from recruited participants who were attendees of HIV adult clinics at two hospitals in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Results: A total of 145 people completed the study. There were 46 (31.7%) males and 99 (68.3%) females. Data collected showed that age, sex, marital status, education are important factors associated with the characteristics of people living with HIV!AIDS in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Conclusion: There is need for continuous evaluation/monitoring of these characteristics in PLWHA to assess the improvement of socio-economic factors that influence HIV spread in the environment.





How to Cite

Chijioke, I., & Akani, Y. (2015). Socio-Demographic profile of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Nigerian Health Journal, 14(3), 119. Retrieved from

Similar Articles

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 > >> 

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.