Table 2

 Demographic, behavioural, and clinical characteristics of study population

HSV-2 negativeHSV-2 positive, previous historyHSV-2 positive, no previous history
No (%)No (%)No (%)
*1993 CDC AIDS definition.
Age, median (range)38 (23-53)40 (22-56)41 (26-55)
Sex, men70 (92.1)42 (75.0)99 (85.3)
Education
    College graduate4 (5.3)7 (12.5)20 (17.2)
    High school graduate/some college60 (80.0)39 (69.6)81 (69.8)
    Not high school graduate11 (14.7)10 (17.9)15 (12.9)
Race
    White61 (80.3)36 (64.3)69 (59.5)
    African-American5 (6.6)7 (12.5)31 (26.7)
    Other10 (13.2)13 (23.2)16 (13.8)
Insurance status
    Private16 (22.9)10 (18.2)14 (12.8)
    Public45 (64.3)41 (74.5)77 (70.6)
    None9 (12.9)4 (7.3)18 (16.5)
Marital status
    Married/living together17 (22.4)16 (29.1)36 (31.6)
    Previously married20 (26.3)16 (29.1)30 (26.3)
    Never married39 (51.3)23 (41.8)48 (42.1)
Household income
    $30 001+12 (16.2)7 (12.5)9 (8.1)
    $15 000–$30 00017 (23.0)10 (17.9)25 (22.5)
    less than $15 00045 (60.8)39 (69.6)77 (69.4)
AIDS diagnosis*35 (46.0)35 (62.5)60 (62.5)
Sex partners in past 2 months
    032 (42.1)22 (39.3)42 (36.2)
    123 (30.3)19 (33.9)48 (41.4)
    ⩾221 (27.6)15 (26.8)26 (22.4)
History of other STD53 (69.7)52 (92.9)90 (77.6)
Known previous partner with HSV-217 (22.4)21 (37.5)19 (16.4)
HSV serology results
    HSV-1 positive65 (85.5)
    HSV-2 positive24 (42.9)47 (40.5)
    HSV-1 and HSV-2 positive32 (57.1)69 (59.5)
    HSV seronegative11 (14.5 )