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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of the EMIS-2010 sample, total and grouped by transactional sex behavior (N = 160,719)

From: Links between transactional sex and HIV/STI-risk and substance use among a large sample of European men who have sex with men

  Frequent selling Frequent buying Not frequent TS Total sample
n = 1650 n = 4910 n = 154,159 n = 160,719
Age
 <20 yrs 182 (11.1) 29 (0.6) 8400 (5.5) 8599 (5.4)
 20–24 yrs 457 (27.6) 121 (2.5) 26,538 (17.1) 27,097 (16.8)
 25–29 yrs 375 (22.7) 297 (6.0) 27,875 (18.1) 28,530 (17.8)
 30–39 yrs 420 (25.5) 1242 (25.3) 44,978 (29.2) 46,664 (29.0)
 ≥40 yrs 216 (13.1) 3221 (65.6) 46,368 (30.1) 49,829 (31.0)
Education 1
 High (ISCED 5–6) 568 (34.9) 2837 (58.0) 77,744 (50.6) 81,142 (50.7)
 Mid (ISCED 3–4) 763 (46.9) 1711 (35.0) 63,900 (41.6) 66,366 (41.5)
 Low (ISCED 1–2) 296 (18.2) 340 (7.0) 11,850 (7.8) 12,508 (7.8)
Sexual orientation
 Gay or homosexual 1155 (70.3) 3674 (75.1) 120,232 (78.1) 125,028 (78.1)
 Bisexual 289 (17.6) 843 (17.2) 21,539 (14.0) 22,394 (14.0)
 Straight or heterosexual 24 (1.5) 28 (0.6) 824 (0.5) 873 (0.5)
 Other or don’t use a term 176 (10.7) 347 (7.1) 11,225 (7.4) 11,774 (7.4)
Relationship status
 Steady relationship with man/men 657 (39.9) 1592 (32.4) 64,502 (41.9) 66,808 (41.7)
 Steady relationship with woman/women 83 (5.0) 464 (9.5) 8337 (5.4) 8831 (5.5)
 Steady relationship with man and woman 21 (1.3) 43 (0.9) 790 (0.5) 854 (0.5)
 Single 886 (53.8) 2811 (57.2) 80,225 (52.1) 83,901 (52.3)
Occupation
 Employed full- or part time 984 (60.1) 3063 (62.6) 111,168 (72.3) 116,212 (72.5)
 Unemployed 226 (13.8) 174 (3.5) 9107 (5.9) 9498 (5.9)
 Self-employed 358 (21.9) 1017 (20.8) 17,766 (11.6) 19,135 (11.9)
 Student 262 (16.0) 86 (1.8) 23,303 (15.2) 23,681 (14.8)
 Retired 22 (1.3) 336 (6.9) 3514 (2.3) 3866 (2.4)
 Other 142 (8.7) 216 (4.4) 6600 (4.3) 6952 (4.3)
Closeted about sexual identity
 Out to no-one or very few 381 (23.4) 1784 (36.5) 44,733 (29.2) 46,908 (29.3)
 Out to more than a few 1247 (76.6) 3097 (63.5) 108,697 (70.8) 113,031 (70.7)
Settlement size
 ≥500,000 975 (61.3) 2549 (53.9) 69,393 (46.1) 72,912 (46.5)
 <500,000 616 (38.7) 2176 (46.1) 81,091 (53.9) 83,891 (53.5)
Region of residence
 WHO “Western Europe” 1404 (85.1) 4320 (88.0) 132,315 (85.8) 138,024 (85.9)
 WHO “Central Europe” 163 (9.9) 315 (6.4) 13,968 (9.1) 14,469 (9.0)
 WHO “Eastern Europe” 83 (5.0) 274 (5.6) 7876 (5.1) 8226 (5.1)
Born in country of residence
 Yes 1189 (73.6) 3988 (84.5) 129,526 (86.0) 134,773 (85.9)
 No, born in another country 427 (26.4) 732 (15.5) 21,121 (14.0) 21,198 (13.6)
  1. Legend: ISCED International Classification of Education (1997), where ISCED 1 is primary education and ISCED 6 is the second stage of tertiary education (e.g.,Ph.D.). TS Transactional sex. Region of residence were grouped into the World Health Organization European sub-regions