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Table 1 Demographic characteristics, sexual-risk behavior and perception of risk to HIV infection among naval personnel in Lagos, Nigeria (N = 480)

From: Knowledge of AIDS and HIV risk-related sexual behavior among Nigerian naval personnel

Variable No %
Age group (years)   
   15–24 88 18.3
   25–34 127 26.4
   35–44 212 44.1
   45–54 47 10.0
   >55 6 1.2
Marital status   
   Single, never married 167 34.8
   Married 305 63.5
   Divorced/widowed/separated 8 1.6
Years of education   
   Primary 10 2.1
   Secondary 211 44.0
   Post secondary 81 16.9
   Bachelors/post graduate 145 32.3
   Others* 23 4.8
Religion   
   Christianity 389 81.0
   Islam 87 18.1
   Traditional 4 0.8
Current status   
   Ratings 361 75.2
   Officers 119 24.8
Years in service (N = 474)   
   1–5 125 28.2
   6–10 39 8.1
   11–15 83 17.3
   >15 227 47.7
   NA 6 1.3
History of transfer   
   Ever been transferred 439 91.8
   Ever posted abroad** 100 28.2
   Frequency of transfers   
1–5 265 60.9
6–10 121 27.8
>11 32 7.4
NA 17 4.0
Accompanied by spouse during last transfer 66 15
Pattern of risky sexual behavior   
Had multiple partners 409 88.1
Ever had sex with a female sex worker 156 32.5
Had sex with sex worker in last 6 months 31 19.9
Used a condom during last sex with a sex worker 93 59
  1. * These include certificate in military training; ** posting abroad for training, peace keeping