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Table 1 Characteristics of men who have sex with men, by HIV status

From: HIV infected men who have sex with men in Israel: knowledge, attitudes and sexual behavior

Characteristic HIV-infected N = 300 (%) HIV-uninfected N = 1299 (%) P
Demographic Age in years (mean ± Sd) 35.0 ± 9.6 33.9 ± 9.6 0.05
Israeli born 282 (86.2) 1157 (89.0) 0.06
Less than average incomea 181 (65.4) 790 (68.5) 0.1
Jew 215 (93.5) 1232 (95.3) 0.2
University educationa 164 (55.2) 823 (63.4) <0.001
Self-identified gay 273 (96.1) 1446 (85.6) <0.001
Previous STD diagnoses Syphilis 72 (24.1) 29 (2.2) <0.001
Hepatitis C 10 (3.3) 6 (0.5) 0.002
Hepatitis B 10 (3.3) 21 (1.6) 0.06
Any STDa,b 171 (57.2) 401 (30.9) <0.001
Knowledge about HIV transmission Treated HIV-infected individual has low risk of transmission 198 (76.4) 444 (41.8) <0.001
In case the condom breaks, I will recommend PEP to my partner 175 (67.8) 737 (69.3) 0.7
HIV infected man can perform UAI with serocon-cordant partner 125 (48.1) 332 (31.2) <0.001
Reasons for not using condoms in the last 6 months I was too horny 27 (52.9) 236 (54.3) 0.9
I had a sero-concordant partner 35 (68.6) 169 (38.9) <0.001
I was under influence of substances 10 (21.7) 81 (18.6) 0.6
Each partner is responsible for his own health 15 (31.3) 42 (9.7) <0.001
Condom breaks the intimacy 21 (45.7) 157 (36.1) 0.2
I am sick of using condoms 19 (41.3) 151 (34.7) 0.4
I am losing my erection 12 (26.1) 117 (26.9) 1.0
Raising HIV issue before/ during sex HIV issue is always been raised before sex 245 (77.9) 1027 (75.6) 0.5
I raise the issue of HIV 80 (40.6) 324 (39.6) 1.0
Where do you mostly meet your sex partners? Phone application 210 (85.7) 942 (86.7) 0.6
Facebook 25 (0.8) 140 (12.9) 0.4
Park 21 (9.1) 52 (4.8) 0.02
Sauna 33 (14.3) 74 (6.8) <0.001
Club 46 (19.5) 115 (10.6) <0.001
Friends 34 (14.5) 91 (8.4) 0.006
Gym 13 (5.7) 27 (2.5) 0.02
Substances in the last 6 months Use party drugs 197 (75.5) 622 (57.5) <0.001
Alcohol 118 (59.0) 546 (89.2) <0.001
Additional risky sexual behavior Age first sexual debut (years) 17.0 ± 4.4 18.4 ± 4.9 <0.001
Ever been paid for sex 49 (18.8) 140 (13.5) 0.02
I take more risks when I am abroad 32 (16.6) 85 (10.6) 0.03
Psychiatrics Medical use of anti-depressant drugs in the last 6 months 80 (31.3) 142 (13.7) <0.001
General subjective health status Dissatisfied with my own healthc 28 (11.1) 57 (5.5) 0.003
I am healthier than my friends 64 (25.1) 384 (37.0) <0.001
  1. STD Sexually transmitted infections
  2. PEP Post exposure prophylaxis
  3. UAI Unprotected anal intercourse
  4. aAdjusted for age
  5. bSyphilis, Neisseria gonorrhea, Chlamydia trachomatis, genital warts, hepatitis B or C
  6. cDissatisfied vs. satisfied