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Table 3 Behavioral characteristics of vocational school students with sexual experience according to gender

From: Correlates of STI testing among vocational school students in the Netherlands

  N = 501 % Boys
N = 281
% Girls
N = 220
%
Involved in steady relationship *** 265 52.9 119 42.3 146 66.4
Sexual orientation       
Heterosexual 491 98.0 275 97.9 216 98.2
Homosexual 4 < 1 1 < 1 3 1.4
Bisexual 3 < 1 2 < 1 1 < 1
Don't know yet 3 < 1 3 1.1 0 0
Sexual behaviors       
   Vaginal sex 496 99.0 279 99.3 217 98.6
With steady partner(s) ** 368 73.5 190 67.6 178 80.9
With casual partner(s) *** 247 49.3 178 63.3 69 31.4
Mean no. of lifetime partners vaginal intercourse (SD) ***
(n = 443, nmale = 235, nfemale = 208)1
5.3 (7.8)   7.1 (9.4)   3.3 (4.7)  
   Anal sex ** 119 23.8 80 28.5 39 17.7
With steady partner(s) * 75 15.0 52 18.5 23 10.5
With casual partner(s) *** 50 10.0 42 14.9 8 3.6
Mean no. of lifetime partners anal intercourse (SD) *
(n = 99 nmale = 64, nfemale = 35)1
2.1 (2.9)   2.4 (3.5)   1.5 (1.3)  
   Oral sex *** 339 67.7 167 59.4 172 78.2
Mean no. of partners oral sex in past 12 Months (SD) ***
(n = 337, nmale= 165, nfemale = 172)1
2.3 (4.4)   3.3 (5.9)   1.3 (1.6)  
Testing behavior       
   Ever tested for HIV *** 48 9.6 13 4.6 35 15.9
   Positive diagnosis for HIV 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
   Ever tested for other STI ** 77 15.4 32 11.4 45 20.5
   Positive diagnosis for STI 18 23.4 4 12.5 142 31.8
Condom use in past 12 months       
   Always used a condom during vaginal sex with steady partner3 *** 121 32.9 78 41.1 43 24.2
   Always used a condom during vaginal sex with casual partner4 143 57.9 105 59.0 38 55.1
   Always used a condom during anal sex with steady partner5 22 29.3 17 32.7 5 21.7
   Always used a condom during anal sex with casual partner6 20 40.0 17 40.5 3 37.5
  1. * p < .05 (for gender difference); ** p < .01 (for gender difference); *** p <.001 (for gender difference)
  2. 1 Total does not add up to the total of participants reporting the given sexual experience because of missing values and case exclusion due to inconsistencies in reported number of partners (e.g. smaller number of lifetime partners than the number of partners in the past year).
  3. 2 One female respondent did not report her test result.
  4. 3 Percentage represents condom use during vaginal sex with a steady partner/number of participants that have had vaginal sex with a steady partner.
  5. 4 Percentage represents condom use during vaginal sex with a casual partner/number of participants that have had vaginal sex with a casual partner.
  6. 5 Percentage represents condom use during anal sex with a steady partner/number of participants that have had anal sex with a steady partner.
  7. 6 Percentage represents condom use during anal sex with a casual partner/number of participants that have had anal sex with a casual partner.