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Table 3 Behavioral related characteristics of female sex workers in Mekelle city, northern, Ethiopia 2014 (n = 346)

From: Unintended pregnancy among female sex workers in Mekelle city, northern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Do you know how to you use condom correctly?
Yes 342 98.8
No 4 1.2
Did you use condom in the past two years consistently?
Yes 326 94.2
No 20 5.8
Reason for not using condom consistently (n = 20)
Clients are not happy 11 55.0
Clients pressure to pay more money,
not knowing benefits of condom use 9 45.0
Ever face condom breakage   
Yes 156 45.1
No 190 54.9
Measurement taken after condom breakage (n = 156)
Tested for HIV at confidential STI clinic 42 26.9
Seek medical advice at health facility 31 19.9
Vaginal douche with soap 65 41.7
Get secret and kept quiet, others* 18 11.5
Had steady partner
Yes 116 33.5
No 230 66.5
Why do you wish to have steady partner?( n = 116)
For support me by money 100 86.2
To prevent me from physical violence 16 13.8
Do you use condom with your steady partner? (n = 116)
Yes 76 65.5
No 40 34.5
How often do you use condom with your steady partner? (n = 76)
Always 25 32.9
Sometimes 51 67.1
Average sex practice episodes per day
1–5 125 36.1
6–10 138 39.9
11–20 83 24.0
Duration in sex work in months
<24 218 63.0
24–48 months 64 18.5
>48 months 64 18.5
Do you drink alcohol?
Yes 223 64.5
No 123 35.5
Do you use drug?
Yes 82 23.7
No 264 76.3
Have you ever been sexually abused?
Yes 19 5.5
No 327 94.5
  1. *Others, wish by urine, wish by lemon.