Table 1

Demographics and sexual practices of MSW and other MSM
Background characteristics Ever sold sex (MSW) Never sold sex (Other MSM) p-value Total
% (n = 334) % (n = 149) % (n = 483)
Place of study
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 82.0 (274) 34.9 (52) <0.001 67.5 (326)
Mumbai, Maharashtra 18.0 (60) 65.1 (97) 32.5 (157)
Demographics
Age <25 years 41.0 (137) 46.3 (69) 0.278 42.7 (206)
Currently married 31.7 (106) 27.5 (41) 0.352 30.4 (147)
Literate 77.0 (257) 87.3 (130) 0.009 80.1 (387)
Living with sexual partner (male or female) 43.1 (144) 30.9 (46) 0.011 39.3 (190)
Self-reported typology
Kothis – receptors or bottoms 65.6 (219) 37.6 (56) <0.001 56.9 (275)
Panthis – inserters or tops 3.0 (10) 20.1 (30) 8.3 (40)
Double-deckers – both receptive & insertive 31.4 (105) 42.3 (63) 34.8 (168)
Sexual partners
Sex with women in the past 3 months 39.5 (132) 48.3 (72) 0.070 42.2 (204)
Ever paid for sex 19.2 (64) 18.1 (27) 0.787 18.8 (91)
Commercial sex with women (sold or bought) in past 7 days 5.4 (18) 2.0 (3) 0.145 4.4 (21)
Sold sex in past 7 days 94.6 (316)
Paid other men for having sex in past 7 days 13.2 (44) 11.4 (17) 0.590 12.6 (61)
Mean number of male partners in the past 7 days (SD) 8.9 (8.6) 2.5 (2.9) <0.001 7.0 (7.9)
Sexual practices reported for the past 3 months
Receptive anal sex 96.1 (321) 71.8 (107) <0.001 88.6 (428)
Insertive anal sex with a male partner 38.3 (128) 54.4 (81) 0.001 43.3 (209)
Insertive vaginal sex 37.1 (124) 45.0 (67) 0.104 39.5 (191)
Insertive anal sex with a female partner 6.6 (22) 10.1 (15) 0.184 7.7 (37)
Condom use
At last receptive anal sex with male partner 87.9 (282) 67.3 (72) <0.001 82.7 (354)
At last insertive anal sex with male partner 82.0 (105) 74.1 (60) 0.169 79.0 (165)
At last insertive vaginal sex 41.1 (51) 50.8 (34) 0.202 44.5 (85)
At last insertive anal sex with female partner 45.5 (10) 26.7 (4) 0.314 37.8 (14)
Consistent condom use with non-commercial male partner 49.8 (113) 41.7 (53) 0.146 46.9 (166)
Consistent condom use with non-commercial female partner 5.3 (12) 11.8 (15) 0.027 7.6 (27)
Other risk factors, knowledge and uptake of STI services
Current use of alcohol or drugs 74.3 (248) 55.7 (83) <0.001 68.5 (331)
Heard about STIs 73.4 (245) 68.5 (102) 0.269 71.8 (347)
Self-perceived as at high risk for STI acquisition 16.2 (54) 8.7 (13) 0.029 13.9 (67)
Ever visited the intervention clinic 75.2 (251) 83.9 (125) 0.033 77.9 (376)

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Narayanan et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:1059   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1059

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