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Table 1 Socio-demographic and psychosocial characteristics, n = 1,650 (males = 826, females = 824).

From: What do young adults know about the HIV/AIDS epidemic? Findings from a population based study in Karachi, Pakistan

Characteristic All Males Females
  n % n % n %
Age (years)       
17–18 685 41.5 339 41.0 346 42.0
19–21 965 58.5 487 59.0 478 58.0
Educational level       
Illiterate 174 10.5 71 8.6 103 12.5
Can read a newspaper 3 0.2 0 0.0 3 0.4
Can read a newspaper and write a letter 1 0.1 0 0.0 1 0.1
1–5 years of schooling 106 6.4 46 5.6 60 7.3
6–10 years of schooling 998 60.5 537 65.0 461 55.9
11–12 years of school/college 317 19.2 152 18.4 165 20.0
> 12 years of school/college 51 3.1 20 2.4 31 3.8
Years of schooling       
< 6 284 17.2 117 14.2 167 20.2
≥ 6 1366 82.8 709 85.8 657 79.8
Current enrolment in school/college       
Yes 811 49.2 473 57.3 338 41.0
No 839 50.8 353 42.7 486 59.0
Current working status       
Student 824 49.9 476 57.6 348 42.2
Staying at home/Housewife 310 18.8 0 0.0 310 37.6
Unemployed 253 15.3 153 18.5 100 12.1
Paid job 189 11.5 155 18.8 34 4.1
Self employed 44 2.7 36 4.4 8 1.0
Volunteer work 30 1.8 6 0.7 24 2.9
Occupational status       
Non working (including student) 1387 84.1 629 76.1 758 92.0
Working 263 15.9 197 23.9 66 8.0
Marital status       
Unmarried 1532 92.8 823 99.6 709 86.0
Ever married 118 7.2 3 0.4 115 14.0
Residential status       
Permanent 1131 68.5 604 73.1 527 64.0
Migrant 519 31.5 222 26.9 297 36.0
Family setup       
Extended 333 20.2 48 5.8 285 34.6
Nuclear 1317 79.8 778 94.2 539 65.4
Socio Economic Status.       
High to middle 697 42.2 364 44.1 333 40.4
Low 953 57.8 462 55.9 491 59.6
Television in the home       
Yes 1486 90.1 714 86.4 772 93.7
No 164 9.9 112 13.6 52 6.3
Computer in the home       
Yes 361 21.9 212 25.7 149 18.1
No 1289 78.1 614 74.3 675 81.9