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Table 1 Socio demographic characteristic of sexually experienced respondents, by selected characteristics, (n = 483)

From: Risk perceptions of STIs/HIV and sexual risk behaviours among sexually experienced adolescents in the Northern part of Lao PDR

  Male (n = 245) Female (n = 238) Total (n = 483) P value
N % N % N %
Age        < 0.001
 14–15 73 29.8 109 45.8 182 37.7  
 16–19 172 70.2 129 54.2 301 62.3  
Mean (Sd) 16.8 (1.64) 15.9 (1.55) 16.4 (1.65)  
Ethnicity        < 0.001*
 Lao 52 21.2 4 1.7 56 11.6  
 Khamu 1 0.4 0 0.0 1 0.2  
 Hmong & Yao 17 6.9 1 0.4 18 3.7  
 Akha 175 71.4 233 97.9 408 84.5  
Level of schooling complete        < 0.001*
 Never go to school 17 6.9 90 37.8 107 22.2  
 Primary School 119 48.6 114 47.9 233 48.2  
 Secondary school 81 33.1 28 11.8 109 22.6  
 Upper secondary school 27 11.0 4 1.7 31 6.4  
 Technical 0 0.0 1 0.4 1 0.2  
 University 1 0.4 0 0 1 0.2  
Current going to school        < 0.001
 No 118 48.2 175 73.5 293 60.7  
 Yes 127 51.8 63 26.5 190 39.3  
Living arrangement        0.124*
 Family 235 95.9 235 95.9 470 97.3  
 Dormitory 8 3.3 3 1.3 11 2.3  
 Other 2 0.8 0 0.0 2 0.4  
  1. Note: * = Fisher’s exact.