Background: HIV/AIDS has turned out into global pandemic. In India under National AIDS Control Program (NACP) –III Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers (ICTC) were established throughout the country for providing prevention services through a holistic approach for all segments of the population. Objectives: To study the sociodemographic profile and risk behavior pattern of clients diagnosed HIV positive in the ICTC. Material & method: Study Design: Cross-sectional study (record based) Setting: Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Andhra Pradesh. Subjects- All the 448 seropositive attendees during the year 2007-2010. Data pertaining to total 8845 clients, who availed the services from the ICTC during the above period was assessed for the time trend of HIV infection .Study Variables- Year of reporting, in-referral of the clients, age, sex, educational status, marital status, occupation and pattern of risk behavior in relation to HIV/AIDS. Statistical analysis- Data was analyzed in SPSS version 17.0 . Results: HIV prevalence was found to be declining over the last 4 years, except in 2008. Among the seropositives 62.7% were males and 37.3% were females. 85% were in the reproductive age group 78.1% were married;53.1% were illiterates. Majority of them are labourers from the agricultural background and housewives. In 83.9% of the individuals it is acquired through unprotected heterosexual intercourse. Conclusion- These findings should call for greater introspection among the program managers and facilitate for more customized local planning involving various stakeholders.
Andhra Pradesh, Epidemiological profile, HIV/ AIDS, ICTC clients