Table 1

Characteristics of non-commercial partners and partnerships of female sex workers in four districts in Karnataka state1,2

Husband or cohabiting partner

N=511

Most recent non-paying partner

N=247


Proportion (N)/ median (mean)


INTERPERSONAL


Partner’s age (years)

<35

35 +

38.1% (180)

61.9% (326)

n/a


Age difference

FSW older or same age

Male partner older (<5 years)

Male partner older (5-9 years)

Male partner older (10+ years)

9.7% (49)

27.5% (116)

37.0% (208)

25.8% (133)

n/a


Duration of relationship (years)

9 (9.9)

2 (3.8)


Number of months stay together in last year (months)

<9

9+

47.9% (215)

57.1% (286)

n/a


Ever have stayed or lived with partner

n/a

27.6% (34)


Partner is employed

94.8 (481)

99.2% (239)


Number of times have sex with partner in a month (times)

5 (7.1)

4 (4.5)


Partner asks for anal sex

16.8 (76)

33.5% (68)


Partner has sexual relationships with other women

41.1 (185)

70.2% (166)


Partner knows respondent is a sex worker

30.8 (147)

49.6% (114)


Partner provides respondent with economic support

n/a

78.3% (185)


Respondent provides partner with economic support

n/a

22.3% (59)


Respondent normally under influence of alcohol during sex w/ partner

n/a

49.6% (119)


Partner normally under influence of alcohol during sex w/ respondent

n/a

63.9% (155)


1n/a: question was not available for this type of non-commercial partner

2The denominators of each measure may not add up to the total samples due to missing data

Deering et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11(Suppl 6):S11   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-S6-S11

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