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Table 3 Descriptive breakdown of the multicomponent risk profile for those students identified as newly sexually active (N = 223)

From: Who is sexually active? Using a multi-component sexual activity profile (MSAP) to explore, identify and describe sexually-active high-school students in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Multi-component Risk Profile Newly identified sexually active male (n/N = 75) Adj. % Newly identified sexually active female (n/N = 148) Adj. % p-value
Overall newly identified 33.6 (75/223) 31.97 66.4 (148/223) 68.0 < 0.001
Multi-component Risk Profile Variable Overall % N = 223 Male % N = 75 Female % N = 148
Age of students newly identified as sexually active Median Age   16 years (IQR: 15–18) 16 years (IQR 15–16) 16 (IQR 16–17)
Age Range   13–24 years 14–23 years 13–24 years
< 15 35.9 (80/223) 26.7 (20/75) 40.5 (60/148)
16–17 36.3 (81/223) 40.0 (30/75) 34.5 (51/148)
18–19 20.2 (45/223) 24.0 (18/75) 18.2 (27/148)
> 20 7.6 (17/223) 9.3 (7/75) 6.8 (10/148)
Multi-component Risk Profile
Only self-reported STI symptom 41.7% (93) 69% (51/74) 28% (42)
Only HIV 14.3% (32) 11% (8) 16% (24)
Only HSV-2 22.9% (51) 18% (13) 26% (38)
Only positive on pregnancy test 6.7% (15) n/a 10% (15/147)
Only ever made someone pregnant/previous pregnancy 3.1% (7) 3% (2/74) 3.4% (5)
HIV*STI symptom 0.9% (2) 0% (0) 1.4% (2)
Positive on pregnancy test*HIV 0.4% (1) 0% (0) 0.7% (1)
Ever made someone pregnant/previous pregnancy*STI 0.4% (1) 0% (0) 0.7% (1)
Ever made someone pregnant/previous pregnancy*HIV 1.8% (4) 0% (0) 3% (4)
HSV2*STI symptom 2.2% (5) 1.3% (1) 3% (4)
HIV*HSV-2 2.2% (5) 0% (0) 3.4% (5)
Positive on pregnancy test*HSV-2 1.3% (3) n/a 2% (3)
Ever made someone pregnant/previous pregnancy*HSV-2 0.9% (2) 0% (0) 1.4% (2)
HSV-2* ever made someone pregnant/previous pregnancy*Preg test 0.4% (1) n/a 0.7% (1)
HSV-2*Preg*HIV*STI symptom 0.4% (1) n/a 0.7% (1)