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Table 2 Background characteristics and partner numbers among CEE MSM in London, by sample

From: Central and East European migrant men who have sex with men in London: a comparison of recruitment methods

  RDS recruiter
n = 17
RDS non-recruiter
n = 30
p value GUM clinic
n = 51
Gay websites
n = 485
p value Gaydar
n = 201
GayRomeo
n = 284
p value
  n % n %   n % n %       
Background characteristics
Age in years: mean (SD) 27.4 (5.0) 26.0 (4.1) 0.321 27.4 (4.7) 29.2 (7.2) 0.080 30.1 (8.0) 28.6 (6.4) 0.023
Working 14 82.4 25 83.3 0.932 44 86.3 387 80.0 0.278 156 77.6 231 81.6 0.277
Has a degree 10 58.8 16 53.3 0.716 34 66.7 275 56.8 0.176 122 60.7 153 54.1 0.147
Born in A8 country (vs A2 country) 1 16 94.1 25 83.3 0.287 42 82.4 408 87.7 0.274 172 88.7 236 87.1 0.610
More than one year in UK 16 94.1 21 70.0 0.052 42 82.4 397 83.2 0.874 176 89.3 221 78.9 0.003
Returned home twice or more (past year) 8 47.1 19 65.5 0.220 28 54.9 291 60.2 0.459 122 60.7 169 59.9 0.865
Belongs to a religion 9 52.9 15 50.0 0.846 28 54.9 186 38.5 0.023 82 41.0 104 36.7 0.344
Partner numbers
One or more new AI partners (past year) 2 14 87.5 20 66.7 0.125 42 84.0 358 75.1 0.159 146 75.3 212 74.9 0.932
More than ten male partners in past five years 11 64.7 19 63.3 0.925 34 66.7 323 66.6 0.992 138 68.7 185 65.1 0.419
  1. 1 A8 countries joined the European Union in May 2004: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and A2 joined in January 2007: Bulgaria and Romania; 2 AI = anal intercourse