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Table 1 Distribution of respondents by selected background characteristics

From: Male circumcision and HIV infection among sexually active men in Malawi

Background characteristics Sample size
% n
Age
 15–24 35.2 1,533
 25–39 43.9 1,911
 40+ 20.9 914
Marital status
 Never married 40.8 1,778
 Currently married 55.3 2,410
 Formerly married 3.9 170
Age at sexual debut
  < 15 21.0 915
 15–24 75.6 3,294
 25 +  3.4 149
Ever had ritual sex
 Yes 3.6 159
 No 96.4 4,199
Number of life time partners
 1 17.2 750
 2 24.8 1,082
 3 21.3 921
 4 11.2 486
 5 8.5 371
 6–9 9.0 394
 10+ 8.1 354
Type of residence
 Urban 14.8 647
 Rural 85.2 3,711
Region
 Northern 17.2 750
 Central 36.5 1,592
 Southern 46.3 2,016
Religion
 Catholic 22.6 984
 Other Christian 67.2 2,930
 Muslim 10.2 444
Level of education
 None 5.8 253
 Primary 61.2 2,669
 Secondary+ 33.0 1,436
Wealth index
 Poor 34.3 1,496
 Medium 20.7 903
 Rich 45.0 1,959
Circumcision status
 Circumcised 19.1 831
    Age at circumcision
     < 10 26.4 219
     10-14 52.0 432
     15+ 21.6 180
    Type of circumciser
     Traditional 85.4 710
     Medical 14.6 121
 Not circumcised 80.9 3,527
     HIV status   
     Negative 89.9 3,918
     Positive 10.1 440
Total 100.0 4,358
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