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Table 2 Details of child and history of suspected malarial symptoms

From: Concerns about covert HIV testing are associated with delayed presentation of suspected malaria in Ethiopian children: a cross-sectional study

  Total Location  
   Urban Rural p value*
Median age of child (IQR) 6 (2–9) 5 (2–9) 6 (3–9) -
Sex of child (%)     -
 Male 423 (51) 248 (53) 175 (48)  
 Female 407 (49) 221 (47) 186 (52)  
Number of days of illness prior to health centre attendance     
 <1 132 (16) 103 (22) 29 (8) <0.001
 1 66 (8) 41 (9) 25 (7)  
 2 232 (28) 122 (26) 110 (34)  
 3 236 (28) 124 (26) 112 (31)  
 4 or more 164 (20) 79 (17) 85 (24)  
Main reason for delayed attendance N = 626, (%)     
 Usually wait and see 187 (30) 107 (33) 80 (26) <0.001
 Not serious illness 174 (28) 103 (32) 71 (23)  
 Lack of money 139 (22) 56 (17) 83 (27)  
 No nearby health facility 47 (8) 8 (2) 39 (13)  
 Fear of HIV testing 37 (6) 20 (6) 17 (6)  
 Other 42 (7) 27 (8) 15 (5)  
Sought health advice prior to visiting current health centre (%)     
 Yes 114 (14) 52 (11) 62 (17) 0.01
 No 716 (86) 417 (89) 299 (83)  
Place of advice sought, N = 114, (%)     
 Health post/centre 59 (52) 9 (17) 50 (81) <0.001
 Private clinic 44 (39) 35 (67) 9 (15)  
 Pharmacy 10 (9) 8 (15) 2 (3)  
 Other 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (2)  
  1. *Chi-squared test.
  2. IQR = interquartile range.