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Table 2 Prevalence of sexual behavior by gender

From: Sexual behaviors and their correlates among young people in Mauritius: a cross-sectional study

  Male % (95% CI) Female % (95% CI) P d(χ 2)e
Ever had sexa 30.9(25.8–36.5) 9.7(6.5–14.0) 0.001 (51.53**)
   Mean age at first sexual encounterb 17.4 (SE 0.20) 17.8 (SE 0.33) 0.362
   Mean age of first partnerb 18.1 (SE 0.25) 21.4 (SE 0.58) 0.001
   Used condom at first sexual encounterb 41.1 (31.9–51.1) 32.0 (18.7–49.0) 0.277 (1.21)
   Had multiple sexual partnersb 65.0 (56.8–72.5) 32.0 (21.5–44.8) 0.001 (14.83**)
   Had sex in the past 12 monthsb 71.3 (63.5–78.1) 75.1 (57.4–87.1) 0.688 (0.16)
   Used a condom at last sexual encounterc 49.4 (38.2–60.6) 28.8 (12.1–54.2) 0.079 (3.23)
   Always used a condomc 35.7 (25.6–47.4) 24.5 (10.1–48.4) 0.274 (1.23)
  1. CI, confidence interval; SE, standard error.
  2. a. Among total respondents (n = 575 for males and n = 566 for females).
  3. b. Among people who had ever had sex (n = 183 for males and n = 55 for females).
  4. c. Among people who had sex with noncommercial sex partners in the past 12 months (n = 123 for males and n = 40 for females).
  5. d. Chi-square test for the percentage and t-test for the mean.
  6. e. ** P < 0.01.