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Table 1 Demographical and behavioral characteristics of YMSM participants who had visited a physician in the past 24 months in China, 2017 (n = 503)

From: Linking young men who have sex with men (YMSM) to STI physicians: a nationwide cross-sectional survey in China

Characteristics Total
n %
Age (Mean: 23.92 and SD:3.54)
16–20 102 20.3
21–25 223 44.3
26–30 178 35.4
Education
 High school/below 134 26.6
 Some college 141 28.0
 College/bachelors above 228 45.3
Annual income (USD)
  < 2700 111 22.1
 2700–5500 116 23.1
 5501–9200 173 34.4
 9201–15,000 65 12.9
  > 15,000 38 7.6
Residency
 Rural 71 14.1
 Urban 432 85.9
Occupation
 Student 173 34.4
 Non-student 330 65.6
Sexual orientation
 Gay 420 83.5
 Bisexual 60 11.9
 Heterosexual 3 0.6
 Unsure/other 20 4.0
Number of anal sex partners in the past 3 months
 0–1 367 73.0
 Multiple 136 27.0
Used a condom during last MSM sexual encountera
 Yes 357 75.3
 No 117 24.7
Ever HIV tested
 Yes 431 85.7
 No 72 14.3
HIV serostatus
 Positive 73 14.5
 Negative 350 69.6
Never tested or Not got results 80 15.9
Ever syphilis tested
 Yes
 No
277
226
55.1
44.9
Syphilis serostatus
 Positive 40 8.0
 Negative 237 47.1
 Never tested 226 44.9
Ever Hepatitis B tested
 Yes 323 64.2
 No 180 35.8
Ever Hepatitis C tested
 Yes 206 41.0
 No 297 59.0
Online STI information seeking
 Yes 425 84.5
 No 78 15.5
Interest in using the MSM-friendly physician function in a gay mobile App
 Very Interested 313 62.2
 Somewhat interested 152 30.2
 Somewhat not interested 36 7.2
 Very not interested 2 0.4
Willingness to use the MSM-friendly physician function in a gay mobile App
 Yes 463 92.0
 No 40 8.0
Ever STI tested b
 Yes 460 91.5
 No 43 8.5
Visited a STI physician in the past 24 monthsc
 Yes 291 57.9
 No 212 42.1
Searching platformsd
 Search engine 402 94.5
 Governmental websites 156 36.7
 Counseling websites 72 16.9
 Generic social media 151 35.5
 Gay mobile app 201 47.3
 Mobile medical app 50 11.8
  1. aThe total number for condom use was 474, as 29 participants did not have anal sex with other men.
  2. bSTI testing included HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B &C.
  3. cSTI physician visits included visiting a physician for STI and HIV.
  4. dThe total number of YMSM who searched STI information online was 425, which was the denominator of this item