Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68--72

Sociodemographic profile of patients attending the integrated counseling and testing center at a government super-specialty hospital in Central India


Prabha Desikan, Aseem Rangnekar, Karuna Tiwari, Nikita Panwalkar, Manoj Pateriya, Virendra Singh Rajput 
 Department of Microbiology, Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Prabha Desikan
Department of Microbiology Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre, Raisen Bypass Road, Karond, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
India

Context: The HIV epidemic continues to be a matter of concern worldwide. Integrated counseling and testing center (ICTC) is an opening wedge for HIV diagnosis and support services, especially to the high-risk groups. Counseling and testing is a cost-effective and simple way of reducing HIV transmission. Aims: The aim of the study was to analyze the sociodemographic profiles of the ICTC attendees to evaluate the changing trends of HIV seropositivities over a period of 7 years. Settings and Design: This was a retrospective study done in the ICTC housed in a tertiary care hospital at Bhopal. Materials and Methods: All attendees in the period of 7 years were included. Statistical analysis used: percentages and proportions were calculated. Results: There were 24,853 ICTC attendees from January 2009 to January 2016, of which 183 (6.41%) attendees were tested seropositive. There were 15,555 (62.5%) males and 9298 (37.5%) female attendees. Among 15,555 males, 151 (0.97%) were seropositive, and of 9298 females, 32 (0.34%) were seropositive. Of 151 seropositive males, 62 (41%) were in the age group of 19–30 years and 48 (31.7%) were in the age group of 31–40 years. Among the seropositive females, 9 (28.1%) were in the age group of 19–30 years and 10 (31.2%) were in the age group of 31–40 years. We observed a rise in total number of ICTC attendees from January 2009 to January 2016. The number of attendees increased to 4655 in 2013, of which 27 (0.58%) were seropositive, and by 2015, there were 4982 attendees with only 6 (0.12%) seropositives. Conclusion: Such rising trends of attendees and a steady decline in the seropositivity rates are encouraging signs, reflecting the contribution of the ICTC in creating awareness, and reducing the transmission of HIV among the population served.


How to cite this article:
Desikan P, Rangnekar A, Tiwari K, Panwalkar N, Pateriya M, Rajput VS. Sociodemographic profile of patients attending the integrated counseling and testing center at a government super-specialty hospital in Central India.Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2020;41:68-72


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Desikan P, Rangnekar A, Tiwari K, Panwalkar N, Pateriya M, Rajput VS. Sociodemographic profile of patients attending the integrated counseling and testing center at a government super-specialty hospital in Central India. Indian J Sex Transm Dis [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 25 ];41:68-72
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