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Table 2 Demographic and behavior characteristics of people who inject drugs who loss to follow-up from a cohort study in Kerman, Iran

From: Proportion and reasons for loss to follow-up in a cohort study of people who inject drugs to measure HIV and HCV incidence in Kerman, Iran

Characteristics Total LTFU (N = 50) Not found (N = 27) Later Found (N = 23) P-Value
Sex
 Female 6 (12.0%) 2 (7.4%) 4 (17.4%)  
 Male 44 (88.0%) 25 (92.6%) 19 (82.6%) 0.279
Age
 Mean ± SD 37.96 ± 8.86 39.59 ± 9.43 36.04 ± 7.91 0.719
Ever homeless
 No 4 (8.0%) 1 (3.7%) 3 (13.1%) 0.225
 Yes 46 (92.0%) 26 (96.3%) 20 (86.9%)
Education
 Primary or less 18 (36.0%) 11 (40.7%) 7 (30.5%) 0.624
 Some or completed high school 29 (58.0%) 14 (51.9%) 15 (65.2%)
 University 3 (6.0%) 2 (7.4%) 1 (4.3%)
Living with their spouse/partner
 Yes (i.e.,married, live with partners) 8 (16.0%) 6 (22.2%) 2 (8.7%)  
 No (i.e., single, married but live alone, widowed) 42 (84.0%) 21 (77.8%) 21 (91.3%) 0.193
Job Status
 Unemployed 10 (20.0%) 5 (18.5%) 5 (21.7%)  
 Employed 40 (80.0%) 22 (81.5%) 18 (78.3%) 0.777
Monthly income
 Under 1,000,000 T (<$100) 34 (68.0%) 20 (74.1%) 14 (60.8%) 0.252
 1,000,000-4,999,999 T ($100–499) 14 (28.0%) 7 (25.9%) 7 (30.4%)
 5,000,000 T or more (>$500) 2 (4.0%) 0 2 (8.8%)
Alcohol use in the last 12 months
 No 36 (73.5%) 19 (70.4%) 17 (77.3%) 0.586
 Yes 13 (26.5%) 8 (29. 6%) 5 (22.7%)
Injecting frequency reported in the last 3 months
 No recent injection 11 (22.5%) 7 (25.9%) 4 (18.2%) 0.291
 < weekly 16 (32.6%) 9 (33.4%) 7 (31.8%)
 < not daily but at least weekly (i.e., weekly) 8 (16.3%) 6 (22.2%) 2 (9.1%)
 Daily 14 (28.6%) 5 (18.5%) 9 (40.9%)
Injected with another person in the last 12 months
 No 18 (36.0%) 7 (25.9%) 11 (47.8%) 0.108
 Yes 32 (64.0%) 20 (74.1%) 12 (52.2%)
Receptive injecting equipment sharing in the last 12 months
 No 44 (88.0%) 24 (88.9%) 20 (87.0%) 0.834
 Yes 6 (12.0%) 3 (11.1%) 3 (13.0%)
Receptive syringe sharing in the last 12 months
 No 46 (92.0%) 26 (96.3%) 20 (87.0%) 0.225
 Yes 4 (8.0%) 1 (3.7%) 3 (13.0%)
Ever history of drug overdose
 No 26 (52.0%) 14 (51.8%) 12 (52.2%) 0.982
 Yes 24 (48.0%) 13 (48.2%) 11 (47.8%)