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Table 1 Background characteristics of the respondents

From: Comparison of risk behaviors and socio-cultural profile of men who have sex with men survey respondents recruited via venues and the internet

  All Group V Group I  
  (n = 566) (n = 340) (n = 226) Univariate OR
  Col% Col% Col% (Group I vs. Group V)
Socio-demographics     
Age groups     
   18-29 70.0 68.2 72.6 1.00
   ≥30 30.0 31.8 27.4 0.81
Education level     
   ≤ High school 32.3 37.4 24.8 1.00
   ≥College/university 67.7 62.6 75.2 1.81**
Employment status     
   Employed full-time 68.6 79.4 52.2 1.00
   Not employed full-time 31.4 20.6 47.8 3.53***
Self-identified as exclusively homosexual     
   Yes 81.1 82.1 79.6 1.00
   No (bisexual/not certain) 18.9 17.9 20.4 1.17
HIV-related prevention services (last 12 months)     
Tested for HIV     
   No 73.7 71.8 76.5 1.00
   Yes 26.3 28.2 23.5 0.78
Received other HIV prevention services     
   No 54.4 54.1 54.9 1.00
   Yes 45.6 45.9 45.1 0.97
HIV-related knowledge & perceptions     
A healthy-looking HIV- infected person could transmit HIV to others#     
   Inappropriate answer 20.8 18.5 24.3 1.00
   Appropriate answer (Yes) 79.2 81.5 75.7 0.71
HIV virus could be transmitted via mouth-to-mouth kissing with an HIV-infected person#     
   Inappropriate answer 64.7 59.7 72.1 1.00
   Appropriate answer (No) 35.3 40.3 27.9 0.57**
HIV infection can be detected via blood test one week after the infection took place#     
   Inappropriate answer 20.1 20.9 19.0 1.00
   Appropriate answer (No) 79.9 79.1 81.0 1.12
Total number of appropriate responses to the above 3 items     
   ≤ 2 appropriate answers 75.6 73.2 79.2 1.00
   3 appropriate answers 24.4 26.8 20.8 0.72
Perceived condom efficacy for HIV prevention     
   Quite high to low 58.3 63.8 50.0 1.00
   Very high 41.7 36.2 50.0 1.76**
Self-perceived susceptibility of HIV infection in the future     
   Little/very little 66.6 60.9 75.2 1.00
   Moderate to very high 33.4 39.1 24.8 0.51***
Fear of getting HIV via MSM sex behaviors     
   No 35.5 33.8 38.1 1.00
   Yes/a little 64.5 66.2 61.9 0.83
  1. Group V: Venue-recruited MSM; Group I: Internet-recruited MSM. #Response categories include "yes", "no", and "not certain".
  2. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01; ***p < 0.001.