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Table 1 Characteristics of women age 14–24 years who sell sex in Mombasa, Kenya (2015)

From: Low program access despite high burden of sexual, structural, and reproductive health vulnerabilities among young women who sell sex in Mombasa, Kenya

CharacteristicsN = 408Median (IQR)% (95% CI)
Current age (years)
 Median age (IQR)20 (18–22)
 Age-group
  14–1811728.7 (24.3–33.1)
  19–2429171.3 (66.9–75.7)
Characteristics of sexual partnerships outside of sex work
 Ever married276.6 (4.2–9.0)
 Had at least one non-paying sexual partner in past month24459.8 (55.0–64.6)
  Median number of non-paying sexual partners in past month (IQR)a2 (1–4)
Characteristics of sex work
 Age of first sex, years15 (14–17)
 Age of first paid sexb, years18 (16–20)
 Duration in sex work, years2 (1–3)
 Had at least one paying sexual clients in past month328 80.4 (76.5–84.2)
  Median number of paying sexual partners in past month (IQR)c7 (4–15)
Reproductive History
 Ever pregnant23457.4 (52.6–62.2)
 Currently has > = 1 childd18846.1 (41.2–50.9)
  1. CI confidence interval, IQR inter-quartile range
  2. aAmong participants who had at least one non-paying sexual partner in the past month (N = 244)
  3. bPaid sex is defined as the first time when a participant self-identified as a sex worker
  4. cAmong participants who had at least one paying sexual partners in the past month (N = 328)
  5. dAnswer was > = 1 to the question: “how many children have you given birth to who are alive, but may or may not live with you”