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Table 1 Description of study population: spouses of injection drug users enrolled in Madras Injection Drug User and AIDS Cohort Study, Chennai India, 2009 (n = 400)*

From: The intersection between sex and drugs: a cross-sectional study among the spouses of injection drug users in Chennai, India

  N = 400 (%)
Median age (years, IQR) 31 (26 - 36)
Tamil ethnicity 388 (97)
Education  
None 110 (27.5)
Primary 246 (61.5)
> Primary 44 (11)
Current marital status  
Married/living with spouse 318 (79.5)
Married/not living with spouse 28 (7)
Widowed 53 (13.3)
Median duration of marriage (years, IQR) 14 (7-19)
Employment status  
Unemployed 24 (6)
Weekly/monthly wages 148 (37)
Daily wages 227 (56.8)
Family income (INR)  
< 500 258 (66.7)
500-1500 72 (18.6)
>1500 57 (14.7)
Children living in household 399 (99.9%)
Alcohol use  
Never 298 (74.5)
< 1/week 64 (16)
≥1/week 38 (9.5)
Ever used non-injection drugs 88 (22)
Marijuana 6 (1.5)
Smoked/chased brown sugar 7(1.8)
Pharmaceutical drugs 41 (10.3)
Intoxicating tobacco 80 (20)
Ever injected drugs 4 (1)
Lifetime number of sexual partners  
1 340 (85)
2 52 (13)
>2 7 (2.8)
Lifetime condom use with regular partner  
Never 297 (74.3)
Sometimes 75 (18.8)
Always 27 (6.8)
Ever non-spousal sexual partner 37 (9.3)
Condom use with non-regular partner  
Never 26 (70.3)
Sometimes 7 (18.9)
Always 4 (10.8)
Ever exchanged sex for money/drugs 37 (9.3)
Had sex with someone known to be HIV+ 49 (12.3)
  1. *INR, Indian Rupees