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Table 3 Multivariate logistical regression on health information seeking on social media with offline physician-visiting behaviors of YMSM participants 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

  STI testinga STI physician visitingb
  OR 95% CI aORc 95% CI OR 95% CI aOR 95% CI
Platform use
Generic social media use 1.44**
(1.10–1.88)
1.39*
(1.06–1.81)
1.18***
(1.08–1.29)
1.14**
(1.04–1.26)
Gay mobile App use 1.60***
(1.19–2.16)
1.62***
(1.20–2.19)
1.10*
(1.01–1.19)
1.04
(0.95–1.14)
Mobile medical App use 1.12
(0.85–1.47)
1.12
(0.85–1.47)
1.11
(0.97–1.26)
1.16*
(1.01–1.34)
Seeking behavior
Online seeking for symptoms 4.99***
(2.26–10.98)
4.91***
(2.18–11.09)
2.50***
(1.74–3.60)
2.02***
(1.34–3.04)
Online seeking for services 6.86***
(2.41–19.52)
7.21***
(2.50–20.91)
2.42***
(1.65–3.54)
1.95**
(1.28–2.99)
Perception
Perceived trustworthiness of searching results 3.42***
(1.80–6.47)
2.86**
(1.43–5.72)
2.00***
(1.37–2.93)
1.54
(0.99–2.39)
  1. aMultivariate logistical analyses of STI testing controlled age, education, income, condom use and sex partner number.
  2. bMultivariate logistical analyses of STI physician visiting controlled age, education, income, condom use, sex partner number, HIV status and syphilis status.
  3. caOR refers to adjusted odds ratio
  4. *p <0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001