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Table 2 Correlates independently associated with sexual risk behaviors among sexually active male Afghan National Army recruits (N = 2786)

From: Cross-sectional assessment of prevalence and correlates of blood-borne and sexually-transmitted infections among Afghan National Army recruits

  Risk group Comparison group   
Variable N, % N, % OR, 95% CI Adjusted OR, 95% CI*
Relations with Female Sex Worker (N = 593): (N = 2193):   
Age (years; mean, SD) 22.6, 3.8 23.2, 4.1 0.96, 0.94 - 0.99  
Lived outside Afghanistan 503, 84.8% 1546, 70.5% 2.34, 1.84 – 2.98 1.71, 1.26 – 2.31
Returned to Afghanistan within last year 261, 44.0% 526, 24.% 2.49, 2.06 – 3.01 1.60, 1.26 – 2.03
Years formal education 4.0, 4.1 3.5, 4.2 1.02, 1.01 – 1.05  
Currently married 204, 34.4% 1599, 72.9% 0.19, 0.16 – 0.24 0.21, 0.17 – 0.26
Television in home 256, 43.2% 627, 28.6% 1.90, 1.57 – 2.29 1.25, 1.00 – 1.56
Radio in home 445, 75.0% 1506, 68.7% 1.37, 1.11 – 1.68  
Eat meat ≥2 times weekly 113, 19.1% 304, 13.% 1.42, 1.15 – 1.86  
Prior incarceration 167, 28.2% 405, 18.5% 1.73, 1.40 – 2.13 1.32, 1.03 – 1.70
Prior depression/anxiety 215, 36.3% 712, 32.5% 1.18, 0.98 – 1.43  
Currently taking medication for depression/anxiety 16, 2.7% 68, 3.1% 0.87, 0.50 – 1.51  
Ever used alcohol 111, 18.7% 98, 4.5% 4.92, 3.67 – 6.57 2.10, 1.47 – 3.01
Ever used hashish/marijuana 195, 32.9% 421, 19.2% 2.06, 1.69 – 2.52  
Ever used opiates 55, 9.3% 88, 4.0% 2.45, 1.72 – 3.47  
Total lifetime partners (mean,SD) 1.9, 1.6 1.1, 0.60 2.04, 1.81 – 2.29 1.65, 1.47 – 1.85
Ever used condom 163, 27.5% 165, 7.5% 4.66, 3.66 – 5.92 3.15, 2.36 – 4.20
Ever have urethral discharge 159, 26.8% 495, 22.6% 1.26, 1.02 - 1.55  
Ever have genital warts/penile ulcers 5, 0.84% 28, 1.3% 0.66, 0.25 – 1.71  
Sexual Relations with Male Partner (N = 592): (N = 2194):   
Age (years; mean, SD) 21.3, 3.5 23.5, 4.1 0.84, 0.82 – 0.86 0.92, 0.89 - 0.96
Ever lived outside Afghanistan 413, 69.8% 1636, 74.6% 0.79, 0.64 – 0.96 0.56, 0.43 - 0.72
Lived outside Afghanistan until 1 year ago 161, 27.2% 626, 28.5% 0.94, 0.76 – 1.15  
Years formal education (mean, SD) 4.1, 4.2 3.5, 4.2 1.03, 1.01 – 1.05  
Currently married 161, 27.2% 1642, 74.8% 0.13, 0.10 – 0.15 0.17, 0.14 - 0.22
Television in home 202, 34.1% 681, 31.1% 1.15, 0.95 – 1.39  
Radio in home 428, 72.3% 1523, 69.4% 1.15, 0.94 – 1.40  
Eat meat ≥2 times weekly 111, 18.8% 306, 14.0% 1.42, 1.12 – 1.81  
Prior incarceration 127, 21.5% 445, 20.3% 1.07, 0.86 – 1.34  
Prior depression/anxiety 241, 40.7% 686, 31.3% 1.51, 1.25 – 1.82  
Currently taking medication for depression/anxiety 15, 2.5% 69, 3.1% 0.80, 0.45 – 1.41  
Ever used alcohol 63, 10.6% 146, 6.7% 1.67, 1.22 – 2.28  
Ever used hashish/marijuana 203, 34.3% 413, 18.8% 2.25, 1.84 – 2.75 1.86, 1.46 - 2.38
Ever used opiates 33, 5.6% 110, 5.0% 1.12, 0.75 – 1.67  
Total lifetime partners (mean, SD) 1.7, 1.4 1.2, 0.8 1.56, 1.43 – 1.70 1.45, 1.32 - 1.60
Ever used condom 68, 11.5% 260, 11.9% 0.97, 0.73 – 1.28  
Ever have urethral discharge 207, 35.0% 447, 20.4% 2.10, 1.72 – 2.56 1.86, 1.47 - 2.34
Ever have genital warts/penile ulcers 4, 0.68% 29, 1.3% 0.51, 0.18 – 1.45  
  1. *Analysis adjusted for province of origin; only variables remaining in final model shown.