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Table 2 Health-related characteristics of the EMIS-2010 sample, by transactional sex behavior in the last 12 months

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

Variables Frequent selling Frequent buying Not frequent TS
n (%) n (%) n (%)
HIV-positive diagnosis (ever) 271 (16.5) 539 (11.2) 12,011 (7.8)
Tested for HIV 796 (55.2) 1501 (34.2) 56,542 (39.1)
STI diagnosis (syphilis, gonorrhoea, Chlamydia) 338 (20.7) 358 (7.5) 9737 (6.4)
Tested for STIs 894 (57.6) 1537 (34.1) 49,697 (34.0)
Good knowledge about HIV and HIV testing 1076 (65.3) 2896 (60.4) 89,415 (58.0)
Age ≤ 17 at first sexual experience with men 1194 (73.6) 2388 (50.9) 74,920 (49.6)
Engaged in CAI with non-steady male partner 915 (64.3) 1780 (41.8) 43,294 (38.4)
Engaged in CVI intercourse with any woman 208 (59.6) 372 (64.8) 10,381 (63.2)
Used Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) ever 94 (5.8) 159 (3.4) 3731 (2.5)
Consumed tobacco products in the last 24 h 872 (53.4) 1670 (35.1) 61,819 (40.3)
Consumed alcohol in the last 24 h 620 (37.9) 2151 (45.0) 60,922 (39.6)
Used stimulant drugsa 644 (39.4) 651 (13.7) 20,346 (13.3)
Used sedatives or tranquilizers 344 (21.2) 667 (14.1) 15,013 (9.8)
Used heroin, crack cocaine and/or has injected any recreational drugs other than steroids 210 (13.6) 154 (3.3) 3593 (2.4)
Sometimes feel lonely 938 (57.0) 2828 (59.2) 83,172 (54.1)
  1. Note: Time of recall is past 12 months unless otherwise stated. CAI Condomless anal intercourse, CVI Condomless vaginal intercourse, TS Transactional sex. aStimulant drugs = MDMA/ecstasy, amphetamines/speed, crystal methamphetamine, mephedrone, GHB/GBL, ketamine, cocaine. Test for difference (p) < 0.001 for all variables except engaged in condomless intercourse with a woman (p = 0.276)