Table 2

Background characteristics of the men in the quantitative sample, by recruitment site

HIV treatment clinic

HIV testing clinics

Community

Internet





2002–2003 (n = 523)

2002–2003 (n = 404)

2002 (n = 914)

2003 (n = 543)

2002 (n = 1218)

2003 (n = 579)

n

%

n

%

n

%

n

%

n

%

n

%


Age (median; range)

38

23–70

32

17–73

35

17–79

36

18–75

33

18–70

32

18–75

Ethnicity (white)

467

89.6

342

84.7

821

90.4

484

89.6

1117

91.7

526

89.3

Employed

324

62.8

317

91.4

771

85.3

450

83.2

1007

82.7

477

80.2

Higher education

328

65.7

261

72.9

761

83.8

425

79.7

810

66.5

377

63.9


Sexual orientation "gay"

489

93.5

354

87.6

869

95.1

523

96.3

1084

89.0

524

88.1

In a relationship with a man

285

55.3

223

55.9

469

51.6

300

55.4

531

43.6

254

42.7

HIV positive

523

100.0

15

3.7

138

15.1

88

16.2

142

11.7

67

11.3


Treatments optimism 1

201

40.9

92

26.1

175

20.3

120

23.3

164

14.5

79

14.2

Treatments optimism 2

141

28.7

85

24.6

176

20.7

117

22.9

158

15.5

94

17.0

Uses recreational drugs

277

60.6

200

60.4

467

53.2

334

64.4

497

40.8

212

38.4


Felt depressed

274

55.2

85

49.6

389

44.5

253

48.6

552

45.3

274

48.7

Had suicidal thoughts

96

21.9

46

14.3

104

12.8

65

12.8

210

17.3

105

18.7


Has access to the Internet

443

86.3

367

90.8

841

92.6

499

93.1

1193

97.9

588

98.8

Uses the Internet to seek sex

223

43.6

186

46.0

400

44.4

280

52.0

1040

85.4

544

91.4

Has sex with men only

453

*96.2

352

87.6

853

93.5

509

93.7

1089

89.4

537

90.3


STI in previous 12 months

13

27.5

79

19.8

203

22.5

127

23.5

295

24.2

128

21.7

Non-concordant UAI

116

22.2

141

34.9

199

22.1

119

22.1

391

32.1

196

32.9

Concordant UAI only

58

11.1

36

8.9

135

15.0

80

14.8

175

14.4

87

14.6


Completed clinic survey 1

-

-

-

-

-

-

16

3.0

-

-

26

4.7

Completed gym survey 2

25

5.0

14

3.9

-

-

-

-

24

2.0

16

2.9

Completed 2002 online survey 3

27

5.4

26

7.3

-

-

54

10.2

-

-

-

-


Treatments optimism 1: Men who agreed with the statement "I am less worried about HIV now that treatments have improved"

Treatments optimism 2: Men who agreed with the statement "I believe new treatments make people with HIV less infectious"

Non-concordant UAI: unprotected anal intercourse in the previous 3 months with someone of unknown or discordant status Concordant UAI only: unprotected anal intercourse in the previous 3 months only with someone of the same HIV status.

* as a percentage of sexually active men (some men had not had sex in the previous year)

1 Number (%) of men completing a 2003 questionnaire in the gyms or online who said they had also completed a questionnaire in the HIV testing clinic or treatments clinic

2 Number (%) of men completing a questionnaire online or in the clinics who said they'd also completed a questionnaire in a gym

3 Number (%) of men completing a questionnaire in the gyms (2003) or in the clinics who said they'd also completed the 2002 online questionnaire

Elford et al. BMC Public Health 2004 4:39   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-4-39

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