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Table 2 Description of characteristics reported by MSM from the DOD-CI (2018), IBBS (2015) and CohMSM (2018) study samples, Côte d’Ivoire

From: Telephone peer recruitment and interviewing during a respondent-driven sampling (RDS) survey: feasibility and field experience from the first phone-based RDS survey among men who have sex with men in Côte d’Ivoire

  DOD-CI (n = 518) IBBS (n = 1301) CohMSM (n = 274)
unweighted RDS-weighted unweighted RDS-weighted
n % % n % % n %
Age        NA = 18  
  < 20 49 9.5 14.3 154 11.8 14.8 21 8.2
 20–24 228 44.0 47.1 639 49.1 50.4 111 43.4
 25–29 169 32.6 35.9 374 28.8 27.2 80 31.3
  > =30 72 13.9 2.7 134 10.3 7.6 44 17.2
Level of education        NA = 18  
 Primary/none 38 7.4 5.6 138 10.6 8.7 26 10.2
 Secondary 289 55.8 66.1 810 62.3 69.0 104 40.6
 Tertiary 191 36.9 28.3 353 27.1 22.4 126 49.2
Self-reported gender
 Man 322 62.2 65.1 962 73.9 85.1 133 48.5
 Woman 130 25.1 22.2 339a 26.0a 14.9a 48 17.5
 Transgender 66 12.7 12.7
 Both man and woman   93 33.9
Sexual orientation        NA = 3  
 Homosexual 245 47.3 42.1 499 38.4 35.1 115 42.4
 Bisexual 251 48.5 49.8 775 59.6 64.0 145 53.5
 Heterosexual 22 4.2 8.1 27 2.1 0.9 11 4.1
Reported HIV status
 Never tested 41 7.9 11.1 259 19.9 29.1 0 0.0
 Negative (≤12 months) 345 66.6 60.4 656 50.4 42.8 224b 81.8b
 Negative (> 12 months) 73 14.1 17.1 332 25.5 26.1
 Positive 34 6.6 4.3 54 4.2 2.0 49 17.9
 Do not know 25 4.8 7.8 1 0.4
Disclosure of sexual orientation to one family member        NA = 17  
 Yes 216 41.7 29.9 393 30.2 DNA 140 54.5
 No 302 58.3 70.1 908 69.8 DNA 117 45.5
Knowledge of the MSM NGO “Arc-en-ciel Plus”
 Yes 100 19.3 10.1 531 40.8 DNA
 No 418 80.7 89.9 770 59.2 DNA
Knowledge of the “Clinique Confiance”     NA = 200     
 Yes 178 34.4 20.7 645 58.6 DNA
 No 340 65.6 79.3 456 41.4 DNA
Region of residence        NA = 17  
 Abidjan 327 63.1 58.3 351 27.0 10.9 249 96.9
 Yamoussoukro 15 2.9 3.7 250 19.2 18.4
 Agboville (Lagunes) 11 2.1 1.2 200 15.4 18.2
 Bouaké (Bandama) 17 3.3 5.5 350 26.9 35.0
 Gagnoa (Gôh-Djiboua) 26 5.0 7.8 150 11.5 17.5
 Other regions 122 23.6 23.5 8 3.1
  1. MSM Men who have sex with men; NGO Non-governmental organisation; DNA Data not available
  2. aFor the IBBS survey, woman and transgender were grouped
  3. bFor the CohMSM study, participants were only asked if they had a negative test
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