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Table 3 Characteristics of sexual behaviour of Sotho and Shangaan women (n = 570)

From: Sexual behaviour of women in rural South Africa: a descriptive study

Characteristic Sotho women (n = 310) Shangaan women (n = 260) p-value
General characteristics
 Age (years) 29 (18–49) 32 (18–49) 0.19
 HIV infected 90 (40) 88 (42) 0.63
 Hormonal contraceptives 124 (40) 100 (39) 0.74
 Intravaginal cleansing 49 (16) 86 (33) <0.001
 Vaginal scarring practice 10 (3.2) 25 (9.7) 0.001
Sexual practice in past 6 months
 Currently has a steady partner 293 (95) 245 (95) 0.91
 Currently has occasional partner(s) 40 (13) 23 (8.9) 0.13
 Days since last sex act 8 (0–180) 9 (0–180) 0.42
 Condom use during last sex act 116 (38) 90 (35) 0.49
 Practices fellatio 45 (15) 31 (13) 0.44
 Receptive anal intercourse 16 (5.4) 10 (4.2) 0.52
Sexual contact in past 12 months
 Concurrent sexual partners 60 (19) 27 (11) 0.003
 Sexual partner > 10 years older 67 (22) 59 (23) 0.68
 Sex with multiple partners 7 (2.3) 6 (2.3) 0.97
 Sex for money or material benefits 9 (2.9) 3 (1.2) 0.15
 Commercial sex work 1 (0.3) 1 (0.4) 1.0
  1. Data are provided as numbers (%) and median (range). HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus