The profile of PLWHA constitutes a subject of interest in HIV/AIDS control initiatives. This study investigated the socio-demographic attributes of PLWHA in Idoma land, Benue State [Nigeria], with a view to suggesting customized measures for HIV/AIDS control. A total of 133 PLWHA and 25 relatives of PLWHA selected from two HIV/AIDS treatment centres provided the data through a survey questionnaire. Health workers and community/group leaders similarly provided information through IDIs and FGDs on their perceptions on those mostly inflicted by HIV/AIDS. Existing hospital records of HIV screening/admissions were also used. Data collected were analysed descriptively and thematically. Findings showed that PLWHA in Idoma land were predominantly young married farmers and females with low level of income and formal education. Many once married or unmarried PLWHA still intend to remarry or marry respectively; male PLWHA were more likely to desire remarrying. It is concluded that young female and farmers with low educational status and low income are more afflicted by HIV/AIDS. Measures to empower women and young people economically and socially are recommended, in addition to other HIV/AIDS control measures, including mass education tailored toward these more vulnerable groups.
Key words: People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), socio-demographic profile, Idoma land, Benue State, Nigeria, HIV/AIDS control measures.
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