Estimating Packed Cell Volume Levels Of HIV Positive Patients By Age, Duration Of Infection And Sex
Oyeka I.C.A, Awopeju K.A, Efobi C.C., Onyiaorah A.A.
Keywords: Dummy regression, p-value, length of hospitalization, level of significance, HIV/AIDS, PCV, prevalence.
Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of some selected factors affecting HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nigeria. Factors consider include sex of patients, age of patients, PCV level of the patients, duration of the infection and length of hospitalization of patients before discharge or date. Dummy variable multiple regression methods were used in which the independent variables were represented with 0s and 1s. It was found that at each age and duration of infection, the PCV levels of HIV/AIDS positive females were statistically lower than that of HIV/AIDS positive males. PCV levels were found to decrease with increase in duration of infection for all sex groups. The mean duration of HIV/AIDS infection was found to be highest for the age group less than 30 for all sex groups. Age group 40 and above tend to have the lowest mean duration of the infection, as well as, length of hospitalization of patients.
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