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Table 3 Viral load in HIV Congolese patients with sputum smear positive or negative by microscopy stained using Ziehl-Neelsen staining

From: Prevalence of national treatment algorithm defined smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis in HIV positive patients in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

  All Smear positive microscopy Smear negative microscopy P-value
Number HIV-1 infected patients 133 39(29,3) 94(70.7) --
Mean ± SD, log10 copies per ml 4.6 ± 1.6 4.70 ± 1.7 4.56 ± 1.6 0.713
Range (min.–max.),log10 copies / ml 2.60-7.5 2.60-7.4 2.60-7.5 --
Viral load group, copies per ml,%     
<500 35(36.5) 10(40) 25(35.2)  
501 – 10 000 22(22.9) 6(24) 16(22.5)  
10 001 – 250 000 10(10.4) 1(4) 9(12.7) 0.681**
>250 000 29(30.2) 8(32) 21(29.6)  
Missing 37    
  1. **: Kruskal Wallis Test.