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Table 1 Comparison of socio-demographic characteristics of men who patronised brothels and entertainment establishments

From: Heterosexual men who patronise entertainment establishments versus brothels in an Asian urban setting – which group practises riskier sexual behaviours?

Characteristic Brothels (N = 297) Entertainment Establishments (N = 272) p value*
N (%) N (%)
Age (years)    
 Mean (SD) 44.5 (12.5) 34.9 (10.5)  
 Median 47.0 33.0 <0.001
 Range 21-66 21-64  
Ethnicity    
 Chinese 263 (88.6) 200 (73.5)  
 Malay 17 (5.7) 16 (5.9)  
 Indian 13 (4.4) 47 (17.3) <0.001
 Others 3 (1.0) 9 (3.3)  
 Unknown 1 (0.3) 0  
Marital Status    
 Single 158 (53.2) 165 (60.7)  
 Married 90 (30.3) 89 (32.7)  
 Divorced 43 (14.5) 16 (5.9) 0.003
 Widowed 1 (0.3) 0  
 Unknown 5 (1.7) 2 (0.7)  
Housing    
 1–3 room public housing 151 (50.9) 82 (30.2)  
 4–5 room public housing 115 (38.7) 129 (47.4) <0.001
 Private Property/ Condominium/ Bungalows 28 (9.4) 61 (22.4)  
 Unknown 3 (1.0) 0  
Education    
 Primary or less 113 (38.1) 26 (9.5)  
 Secondary 95 (32.0) 67 (24.6)  
 Tertiarya (excludes university & post-graduate) 61 (20.5) 119 (43.8) <0.001
 University & post-graduate 19 (6.4) 57 (21.0)  
 Unknown 9 (3.0) 3 (1.1)  
Occupation    
 Professional, businessmen, managers 48 (16.2) 90 (33.1)  
 Technicians, service staff, taxi drivers 77 (25.9) 98 (36.0) <0.001
 Labourers, construction workers 74 (24.9) 11 (4.0)  
 Others 98 (33.0) 73 (26.9)  
  1. *Excludes unknown values
  2. aIncludes institute of technical education, junior college and polytechnic level of education