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Table 3 Comparisons of sexual and reproductive health among FEWs with a lower and higher level of psychological distress

From: HIV risk and psychological distress among female entertainment workers in Cambodia: a cross-sectional study

SRH characteristics in the past 3 months Total Total GHQ-12 score
(n = 657) ≤3 (n = 373) >3 (n = 284) p-value*
Mean number of sex partners 2.8 ± 6.5 2.6 ± 6.6 3.2 ± 6.7 0.26
Had sex with sweethearts 203 (37.2) 95 (31.7) 108 (43.9) 0.003
Always used condoms with sweethearts 63 (30.7) 33 (34.7) 29 (27.1) 0.24
Had sex in exchange for money or gifts 124 (22.8) 61 (20.4) 63 (25.7) 0.14
Mean number of clients 3.6 ± 3.9 3.2 ± 2.8 4.0 ± 4.8 0.28
Able to find condom when needed 421 (87.5) 246 (91.8) 175 (82.2) 0.004
Always used condom with clients 100 (78.7) 51 (81.0) 49 (76.6) 0.16
Had client request not to use condoms 21 (16.7) 5 (7.9) 16 (25.4) 0.009
Diagnosed with an STI 149 (22.7) 64 (17.2) 85 (29.9) <0.001
Currently using a contraceptive method 249 (37.9) 127 (34.0) 122 (43.0) 0.02
Been tested for HIV in the past 6 months 347 (52.8) 206 (55.2) 141 (49.6) 0.16
Had been pregnant 401 (61.0) 229 (61.4) 172 (60.6) 0.83
Had an induced abortion 118 (18.0) 60 (16.1) 58 (24.0) 0.15
  1. Abbreviations: FEWs female entertainment workers, GHQ general health questionnaire, SRH sexual and reproductive health, STIs sexually transmitted infections
  2. Values are number (%) for categorical variables and mean ± SD for continuous variables
  3. *Chi-square test or Fisher’s exact test was used as appropriate for categorical variables and Student’s t-test was used for continuous variables