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Table 1 Demographic characteristics among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and Black men who only have sex with women (MSW)

From: The epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in African, Caribbean and Black men in Toronto, Canada

Characteristic Total MSM MSW
Total participants 487 86 395
Age (years)*
 Mean 36 37 36
 Median (IQR) 34 (24–46) 35 (27–46) 34 (22–47)
 16–24 29 17 32
 25–34 21 29 19
 35–44 20 21 20
 45 or older 30 33 29
Education (%)**
 Less than secondary school 6 6 6
 Some/completed secondary school 50 35 53
 Some/completed college/university 41 52 38
 Some/completed graduate education 4 7 3
Marital status (%)
 Married/Common-law 14 15 13
 Separated/divorced/widower 14 12 14
 Single 73 72 71
Annual Household Income (%)
 Less $10,000 42 37 44
 $10,000 - $19,999 21 26 20
 $20,000- 49,999 18 22 17
 $50,000 or more 2 5 2
 Don’t know 7 6 7
 Declined not answer 10 5 11
Language spoken (%)
 N 16 15 15
 English 79 79 76
 French 1 0 1
 Spanish 0 0 1
 Other 4 3 4
Region of Birth (%)***
 Africa 26 16 28
 Caribbean 35 58 30
 Canada 35 21 39
 Other 4 5 3
Status at first arrival in Canada (%)***
 Landed/permanent resident 58 21 41
 Refugee claimant 25 37 11
 Temporary worker 1 2 0
 Visitor 8 12 3
 Student 5 5 3
 Non-status 4 2 2
  1. Note: *p < .05, **p < .01, ***p < .00. Note: Total sample size was 487, and six subjects refused to report whether they ever had sex with men