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Table 2 Sexual risk behaviors (n=483)

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

Variable Male (n = 245) Female (n = 238) Total (N = 483) P value
Mean + SD Mean + SD Mean + SD
     N %
Ever had oral sex        0.011
 No 223 91.0 230 96.6 453 93.8  
 Yes 22 9.0 8 3.4 30 6.2  
Ever had anal sex        0.088
 No 227 92.7 229 96.2 455 94.4  
 Yes 18 7.3 9 3.8 27 5.6  
Experienced “Open foreskin” (n = 245)        NA
 No 70 28.6 Na Na 70 28.6  
 Yes 175 71.4 Na Na 175 71.4  
Experienced “Vagina breakthrough” (n = 233)**        NA
 No Na Na 5 2.2 5 2.2  
 Yes Na Na 228 97.8 228 97.8  
Experienced “Welcome guest” (n = 233)**        NA
 No Na Na 163 68.5 163 68.5  
 Yes    73 31.5 73 31.5  
  mean + sd mean + sd mean + sd  
Age at the first time of sexual intercourse (n=411)        < 0.001
 11-14 years old 118 48.2 185 77.7 303 62.7  
 15-18 years old 127 51.8 53 22.3 180 37.3  
 Mean ± SD 14.6 1.46 1.12 13.7 1.38 14.2  
Contraceptive methods used at the first sexual intercourse        <0.001
 Condom only 114 46.5 32 13.4 146 30.2  
 Condom and other method 25 10.2 14 5.9 39 8.1  
 Other method only (OC) 68 27.8 29 12.0 97 20.1  
 Not method 38 15.5 163 68.5 201 41.6  
  mean + sd mean + sd mean + sd  
Number of sexual partners during their lifetime        < 0.001
 1 person 40 16.3 146 61.3 186 38.5  
 > = 2 persons 205 83.7 92 38.7 297 61.5  
 Mean ± SD 4.4 (4.41) 1.8 (1.95) 3.1 (3.65)  
Sexual intercourse in the last 6 months        < 0.001
 No 55 22.4 154 64.7 209 43.3  
 Yes 190 77.6 84 35.3 274 56.7  
  mean + sd mean + sd mean + sd  
Number of partners in the last 6 months (n = 274)        < 0.001
 1 person 87 45.8 58 69.4 145 52.9  
 > = 2 persons 103 54.2 26 30.6 129 47.1  
 Mean ± SD 2.3 (2.04) 1.5 (1.43) 2.0 (1.90)  
Condom use during the last 6 months        0.642
 No 96 50.5 45 53.6 141 51.5  
 Yes 94 49.5 39 46.4 133 48.5  
Condom use during the last sexual encounter        0.121
 No 103 54.2 37 44.0 140 51.1  
 Yes 87 45.8 47 56.0 134 48.9  
How often did you or your partner use a condom when having sexual intercourse during the last six months        0.397
 Never 81 42.6 31 36.9 112 40.9  
 < half of the occasions 15 7.9 5 6.0 20 7.3  
 During half of the occasions 32 16.8 11 13.1 43 15.7  
 >half of the occasions 16 8.4 7 8.3 23 8.4  
 Always 46 24.2 30 35.7 76 27.7  
Having STIs symptoms during the last year        .034
 No 234 95.5 235 98.7 467 97.0  
 Yes 11 4.5 3 1.3 14 3.0  
  1. Note:
  2. ** = Five female respondents did not answer to questions “Vagina Breakthrough” and “Welcome Guest”.
  3. NA-is not applicable as Open foreskin is for boys; “Vagina breakthrough” and “Welcome Guest” are for girls.