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Table 2 Comparisons of substance use, sexual behaviors and SRH among FEWs who reported consistent and inconsistent condom use with sweethearts

From: Sex with sweethearts: Exploring factors associated with inconsistent condom use among unmarried female entertainment workers in Cambodia

  Total
(n = 204)
Condom use in the past 3 months
Consistent (n = 64) Inconsistent (n = 140) p-value*
Substance use in the past 3 months
Drunk at least a full glass of alcohol 193 (94.6) 59 (92.2) 134 (95.7) 0.30
Mean number of days getting drunk in past month 23.0 ± 11.0 23.4 ± 10.6 22.8 ± 10.6 0.75
Mean amount of alcohol per day (cans, glasses) 8.0 ± 9.5 7.0 ± 7.9 10.3 ± 12.2 0.03
Self-perception of level of alcohol drinking 0.40
 Non-drinkers 16 (8.3) 5 (8.5) 11 (8.2)  
 Social drinkers 159 (82.4) 46 (78.0) 113 (84.3)  
 Heavy drinkers 18 (9.3) 8 (13.6) 10 (7.5)  
Used any kinds of illicit drugs 9 (4.4) 1 (1.6) 8 (5.7) 0.18
Sexual behaviors in the past 3 months
Mean number of sex partners 4.6 ± 8.4 5.4 ± 9.7 4.1 ± 7.8 0.31
Had sex with clients in exchange for money/gifts 68 (34.2) 23 (37.7) 45 (32.6) 0.49
Mean number of clients 3.9 ± 4.5 4.0 ± 6.2 3.7 ± 3.4 0.79
Able to find condom when needed 162 (79.4) 53 (82.8) 109 (77.9) 0.42
Always used condom with clients 52 (72.2) 20 (88.5) 29 (64.4) 0.02
Sexual reproductive health
Currently using a contraceptive method 113 (55.7) 46 (71.9) 67 (48.2) 0.002
Type of contraceptive method being used <0.001
 Pills 22 (19.8) 4 (8.5) 18 (28.1)  
 Condom 62 (55.9) 41 (87.2) 21 (32.8)  
 Other (injection, IUD, implant, natural) 27 (24.3) 2 (4.3) 25 (39.1)  
Received SRH education in the past 6 months 125 (61.6) 45 (70.3) 80 (57.6) 0.04
Diagnosed with an STI in the past 6 months 52 (25.5) 14 (21.9) 38 (27.1) 0.42
Had an abortion in the past 12 months 53 (26.0) 12 (18.8) 41 (29.3) 0.11
  1. Values are number (%) for categorical variables and mean ± SD for continuous variables
  2. Abbreviations: FEWs female entertainment workers, IUD intrauterine devices SRH sexual and reproductive health, STI sexually transmitted infection
  3. *Chi-square test or Fisher’s exact test was used as appropriate for categorical variables and Student’s t-test was used for continuous variables
  4. ‘Social drinkers’ were defined as people who drink alcohol chiefly on social occasions and only in moderate quantities
  5. ‘Heavy drinkers’ were defined as men who drink more than 15 drinks or women who drink more than eight drinks in a week