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Table 5 Sexual behaviours, sexual health outcomes and health-seeking behaviours of 16–24 year old men overall and by education/employment status

From: How does the sexual, physical and mental health of young adults not in education, employment or training (NEET) compare to workers and students?

  MEN
  All young men(16–24) NEETs Workers Students
Denominators (unwt, wt) 1729, 1238 270, 189 605, 442 853, 607
    Age-standardised estimates:
Sexual behaviours
% (95%CI) First heterosexual sex before the age of 16 31.2% [28.8–33.8%] 45.5% [38.5–52.6%] 38.4% [33.9–43.1%] 19.8% [16.0–24.2%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.36 (0.95–1.95)     
NEETs with students (ref)    3.46 (2.36–5.07)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    2.16 (1.57–2.98)     
% (95%CI) Not sexually competent at first heterosexual sex 43.8% [40.7–46.9%] 58.4% [51.4-65.2%] 44.2% [39.5–49.0%] 38.7% [32.2–45.6%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.75 (1.25–2.46)     
NEETs with students (ref)    2.35 (1.59–3.48)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    2.01 (1.47–2.76)     
Number of partners a, past year
% (95% CI)
 0 22.6% [20.4–24.9%] 16.4% [11.9–22.2%] 9.7% [7.3–12.7%] 28.3% [23.3–33.8%]
 1 42.6% [39.8–45.4%] 43.1% [36.4–50.1%] 48.1% [43.6–52.6%] 41.4% [35.7–47.4%]
 2 15.3% [13.4–17.3%] 20.0% [14.6–26.8%] 16.8% [13.7–20.5%] 12.9% [9.6–17.2%]
 3–4 11.1% [9.5–12.8%] 12.2% [8.7–16.9%] 13.4% [10.6–16.8%] 9.5% [6.8–13.3%]
5+ 8.5% [7.2–10.0%] 8.3% [5.5–12.2%] 12.0% [9.3–15.4%] 7.9% [5.3–11.6%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.62 (0.37–1.05)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.16 (0.59–2.28)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.93 (0.56–1.55)     
% (95%CI) condomless sex with 2+ partners, past year 6.2% [5.0–7.6%] 8.8% [5.9–12.9%] 9.9% [7.3–13.3%] 3.4% [1.9–6.0%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.89 (0.51–1.55)     
NEETs with students (ref)    2.75 (1.34–5.63)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.50 (0.90–2.51)     
% (95%CI) same-sex experience with genital contact, ever 4.0% [3.1-5.1%] 3.3% [1.8–6.1%] 4.2% [2.8–6.2%] 4.0% [2.4–6.6%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.80 (0.37–1.74)     
NEETs with students (ref)    0.66 (0.29–1.50)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.75 (0.37–1.52)     
Characteristics of sex with most recent partner (MRP)
% (95%CI) condom not used on 1st occasion with most recent partner (vaginal/anal sex only) 29.7% [27.1–32.5%] 45.0% [37.8–52.4%] 30.2% [26.2–34.6%] 22.7% [17.6–28.7%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.77 (1.24–2.53)     
NEETs with students (ref)    2.98 (1.93–4.60)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    2.19 (1.56–3.08)     
% (95%CI) just met MRP when first had sex 6.3% [5.1–7.8%] 6.9% [4.0–11.5%] 6.0% [4.1–8.6%] 6.7% [4.4–10.1%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.18 (0.60–2.33)     
NEETs with students (ref)    0.96 (0.45–2.03)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.13 (0.60–2.11)     
  30.6% [27.9,33.4%] 31.7% [25.5,38.7%] 24.4% [20.5,28.8%] 31.7% [26.5,37.5%]
  18.4% [16.3,20.7%] 18.7% [13.8,24.7%] 17.1% [13.6,21.2%] 20.8% [16.3,26.3%]
  11.5% [9.7,13.5%] 8.0% [5.1,12.3%] 11.0% [8.3,14.4%] 13.8% [9.9,18.9%]
  35.4% [32.6,38.7%] 36.5% [29.3,44.3%] 42.6% [37.8–47.5%] 30.9% [24.4,38.2%]
  4.0% [2.9,5.4%] 5.2% [2.9–9.1%] 5.0% [3.5–7.0%] 2.7% [0.9–8.3%]
Sexual health outcomes
% (95%CI) Diagnosed with STI, past year 2.3% [1.6-3.2%] 1.6% [0.6 – 3.9%] 3.3% [2.0 – 5.3%] 1.6% [0.8 – 3.1%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.43 (0.15–1.23)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.03 (0.29–3.57)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.61 (0.21–1.73)     
% (95%CI) Experienced attempted non-volitional sex, ever 4.5% [3.4–6.0%] 3.9% [2.0 – 7.7%] 5.5% [3.6 – 8.2%] 3.6% [2.3 – 5.7%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.74 (0.32–1.69)     
NEETs with students (ref)    0.93 (0.37–2.34)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.84 (0.38–1.85)     
% (95%CI) Experienced completed non-volitional sex, ever 1.0% [0.6–1.8%] 0.7% [0.1 – 3.2%] 1.6% [0.8 – 3.3%] 0.8% [0.3 – 2.0%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.45 (0.08–2.63)     
NEETs with students (ref)    0.78 (0.11–5.40)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.64 (0.12–3.45)     
% (95%CI) Distressed/worried about sex life 10.2% [8.7–11.9%] 15.6% [11.0, 21.5%] 13.1% [10.4, 16.3%] 17.3% [13.1, 22.5%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.97 (0.57–1.66)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.12 (0.67–1.89)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.01 (0.62–1.64)     
Health seeking behaviours
% (95%CI) Attended sexual health clinic, past year 16.6% [14.5–18.9%] 20.5% [15.0 – 27.2%] 15.7% [12.4 – 19.6%] 16.5% [14.4 – 18.8%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.41 (0.88–2.26)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.33 (0.82–2.14)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.40 (0.92–2.13)     
% (95%CI) Blood test for HIV, past year 5.2% [4.1–6.5%] 5.3% [3.1 – 9.1%] 6.0% [4.1 – 8.8%] 6.2% [3.9 – 9.7%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    0.84 (0.42–1.69)     
NEETs with students (ref)    0.82 (0.34–1.96)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.91 (0.47–1.77)     
% (95%CI) Chlamydia test, past year 34.6% [31.9–37.4%] 38.1% [31.3 – 45.5%] 34.4% [30.0 – 39.1%] 32.5% [27.9 – 37.5%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.19 (0.82–1.72)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.26 (0.85–1.86)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.25 (0.89–1.76)     
  1. Abbreviations: unwt, unweighted; wt, weighted
  2. % and 95% CIs are age standardised
  3. Age-adjusted odds ratio for reporting the responses in bold font (for those variables with > 2 response options) relative to workers, relative to students and relative to both workers and students combined
  4. a Opposite and/or same sex partners