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Table 1 Baseline demographics by group

From: Sexual violence against female sex workers in The Gambia: a cross-sectional examination of the associations between victimization and reproductive, sexual and mental health

  Total sample n = 251 Exposed to forced sex n = 70 Unexposed to forced sex n = 171 p-value
Forced sex: n (%) 70 (29.0) -- -- --
HIV positive: n (%) 40 (16.8) 13 (18.6) 26 (15.2) .52+
Age distribution: Median 30.0 30.5 30.0 .54^
Inter Quartile Range 26 - 35 26 - 36 26 - 35  
Median number of children 1.0 2.0 1.0 .19^
Inter Quartile Range 1 - 3 1 - 3 1 - 3  
Median age at entry into sex work in years 25.0 24.0 25.0 .43^
Inter Quartile Range 20 - 30 19 - 28 20 - 30  
Median years in sex work 4.0 4.5 4.0 .09^
Inter Quartile Range 2 - 9 2 -10 2 – 8  
Marriage status: n (%)     .27+
Married/Cohabitating 5 (2.0) 2 (2.9) 3 (1.8)  
Widowed/Divorced 173 (68.9) 54 (77.2) 112 (65.5)
Single/never married 57 (22.7) 13 (18.6) 43 (25.1)
Education level: n (%)     .86+
Never attended 74 (30.0) 20 (29.0) 53 (31.2)  
Some or completion of primary school 75 (30.4) 23 (33.3) 48 (28.2)
Some or completion of secondary school 92 (37.3) 25 (36.2) 65 (38.2)
Post high school, vocational or college 6 (2.4) 1 (1.5) 5 (2.4)
Region of origin: n (%)     .41+
Kanifing municipality 30 (12.1) 12 (17.1) 16 (9.4)  
Banjul 10 (4.0) 5 (7.1) 5 (2.9)
West Coast region 24 (9.7) 5 (7.1) 17 (10.0)
North bank region 18 (7.3) 6 (8.6) 12 (7.1)
Lower River region 6 (2.4) 1 (1.4) 5 (2.9)
Upper River region 16 (6.5) 3 (4.3) 13 (7.7)
Outside Gambia 143 (57.7) 38 (54.3) 101 (59.4)
  1. +p-value calculated from Pearson chi squared test.
  2. ^p-value calculated from Wilcoxon rank-sum test.