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Table 2 Sexual behaviors of Cambodian male youth who reported having and having not paid for sex in the last year (n = 405)

From: Youth paying for sex: what are the associated factors? Findings from a cross-sectional study in Cambodia

Sexual behaviors Having paid for sex (n = 334) Not having paid for sex (n = 71)  
Number (%) Number (%) P-value*
Age at first sex (±SD) 18.8 (±1.9) 19.2 (±2.4) 0.08
Mean sexual partners in the past year (±SD) 4.6 (±6.8) 1.3 (±0.9) < 0.001
More than 4.6 sexual partners in the past year (average number of sexual partners) <0.001
 Yes 250 (74.9) 2 (2.8)  
 No 84 (25.2) 69 (97.2)  
First sexual partner <0.001
 Wife 3 (0.9) 15 (21.1)  
 Sweetheart/girlfriend 202 (60.8) 45 (63.4)  
 Sex worker in brothel 66 (19.9) 4 (5.6)  
 Beer, karaoke, massage or dancing girl 49 (14.8) 4 (5.6)  
 Friend 8 (2.4) 2 (2.8)  
 Relative 0 (0.0) 1 (1.4)  
 Other 4 (1.2) 0 (0.0)  
Ever had a girlfriend 0.69
 Yes 306 (91.6) 64 (90.1)  
 No 28 (8.4) 7 (9.9)  
Have had a girlfriend or a mistress in the past year 0.89
 Yes 232 (75.8) 48 (75.0)  
 No 74 (24.2) 16 (25.0)  
Used a condom with most recent girlfriend in the past 3 months (or mistress) 0.29
 Always 87 (46.5) 16 (37.2)  
 Frequently 5 (2.7) 0 (0.0)  
 Sometimes 17 (9.1) 3 (7.0)  
 Never 39 (20.9) 9 (20.9)  
 Have sweetheart but never had sex with her 39 (20.9) 15 (34.9)  
STI symptoms in the past year    0.56
 Yes 20 (6.0) 3 (4.2)  
 No 314 (94.0) 68 (95.8)  
Used a condom at last sex with girlfriend    0.58
 Yes 128 (67.4) 32 (72.7)  
 No 60 (31.6) 11 (25.0)  
 Don’t remember 2 (1.1) 1 (2.3)  
Had an HIV test in the last year    
 Yes 88 (26.4) 25 (35.2) 0.13
 No 246 (73.7) 46 (64.8)  
Paid for sex at age 18 or older    
 Yes 469 (95.9)   
 No 25 (4.5)   
Sexual partner in the past year:    
 Woman working in nightclub/discotheque 83 (24.9)   
 Woman working in massage place 42 (12.6)   
 Female beer promoter 55 (16.5)   
 Female karaoke worker 133 (39.8)   
 Woman working in beer garden/restaurant 31 (9.3)   
 Female sex worker at brothel/street 149 (44.6)   
 Female factory worker 18 (5.4)   
 Sweetheart/girl friend 143 (58.6)   
 Woman working in nightclub/discotheque 83 (24.9)   
Place you met (see/recruit) the last woman that you paid for sex  
 Brothel 67 (20.1)   
 Massage parlor 3 (0.9)   
 Hotel or guesthouse 202 (60.5)   
 Street or park/garden 7 (2.1)   
 Karaoke bar 14 (4.2)   
 Other 41 (12.3)   
Frequency of condom use in the past 3 months with women that you paid for sex  
 Always 188 (88.7)   
 Frequently 6 (2.8)   
 Sometimes 7 (3.3)   
 Never 11 (5.2)   
Number of condom used during the last time that you paid to have sex with a woman
 One 162 (76.4)   
 Two or more 50 (23.6)   
You propose using a condom the last time you paid to have sex with a woman
 Yes 161 (75.9)   
 No 51 (24.1)   
How much alcohol did you drink the last time you went to a sex-worker?
 A lot (more than 6 small beers or 3 glasses of wine) 105 (31.7)   
 Some (3–6 small beers or 2–3 glasses of wine) 54 (16.3)   
 A little (1–3 small beers or 1 glass of wine) 31 (9.37)   
 No alcohol 141 (42.6)   
  1. Abbreviations: SD standard deviation
  2. *Chi-square test or Fisher’s exact test was used as appropriate for categorical variables and t-test was used categorical variables