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Table 1 Sociodemographic, behavioral, and reproductive characteristics of the study sample by gender (n = 793)

From: Sexual behavior and drug consumption among young adults in a shantytown in Lima, Peru

  Men
n = 393
Women
n = 400
p*
  % n % n  
Age mean (SD) 22.3 (3.2) 22.4 (3.3) 0.777
Marital Status      
Single 66.0 264 84.0 330 < 0.001
Married/Cohabitant 16.0 63 34.0 136  
Education Level      
High school or less 69.5 273 54.5 218 < 0.001
More than high school 30.5 120 45.5 182  
Occupation      
Employed 32.3 127 24.5 98 < 0.001
Under-employed 30.8 121 12.8 51  
Unemployed 16.3 64 36.0 144  
Student 20.6 81 26.8 107  
Have children 16.3 64 38.0 152 < 0.001
Have had unplanned pregnancy 54.7 35 61.2 93 0.375
Ever had STI 1.0 4 1.3 5 0.758
Reported lifetime STI symptoms      
Genital ulcers or sores 3.6 14 3.3 13 0.808
Urethritis 3.3 13 - - -
Vaginal discharge - - 26.8 107 -
Consider it difficult to get condoms 10.2 40 46.8 187 < 0.001
Ever drug use      
Marijuana 21.9 86 1.0 4 < 0.001
Coca Paste 5.9 23 0.3 1 < 0.001
Cocaine 4.8 19 0.3 1 < 0.001
Heavy episodic drinking 31.3 123 2.8 11 < 0.001
Ever use of any illicit drug 24.2 95 1.5 6 < 0.001
  1. n: Number of participants
  2. *chi square/kruskal-wallis