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Table 1 Characteristics of newly diagnosed black South African cancer patients (2004 – 2009)

From: HIV testing and burden of HIV infection in black cancer patients in Johannesburg, South Africa: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics N %
Age   
≤49 years 2954 54.3
>49 years 2482 45.7
Mean (Standard deviation) 47.8 (12.2)  
Place of residence   
Urban 4840 89.0
Rural 591 10.9
Missing data 5 0.1
Gender   
Male 1793 33.0
Female 3643 67.0
Marital status   
Married/Living together 3147 57.9
Single/Never married 680 12.5
Widowed 737 13.6
Separated/Divorced 863 15.9
Missing data 9 0.2
HIV Screening test result   
Negative 3603 66.3
Positive 1833 33.7
Level of education   
None 549 10.1
Primary 1641 30.2
Secondary/Tertiary 3238 59.6
Missing data 8 0.2
Alcohol use   
Non-drinkers 3253 59.8
Moderate drinkers 1342 24.7
Heavy/Binge drinkers 841 15.5
Smoking   
Non-smokers 3436 63.2
Ex-smokers 457 8.4
Current smokers (1 – 14 g/day) 1099 20.2
Current smokers (15+ g/day) 444 8.2
Lifetime number of sexual partners   
0-1 585 10.8
2-5 3401 62.6
6+ 1343 24.7
Missing data 107 2.0
Having children under 5 years   
No 4233 77.9
Yes 700 12.9
Missing data 503 9.3
Cancer type   
AIDS-defining 1923 35.4
Other cancers 3513 64.6
Hormonal contraceptive use (Women only)   
Never 1329 36.5
Ever 2299 63.1
Missing data 15 0.4
Interviewer   
Interviewer 1 3161 58.2
Interviewer 2 2074 38.1
Interviewer 3 201 3.7