Table 1

Main characteristics of participants (n=466)

Variables*Mean (SD)No of participants (%)†
Age (n=400)31.38 (8.12); median 29 (range 18–70)
Annual income31 651.32 (13 688.56)
Median: 29 000
Sexual orientation (n=417)Queer193 (46.3)
Lesbian121 (29.0)
Bisexual67 (16.1)
Gay19 (4.6)
Other17 (4.1)
Ethnoracial identity (n=389)Caucasian261 (67.1)
African Caribbean73 (18.7)
Asian16 (4.2)
South Asian16 (4.2)
Indigenous/aboriginal15 (3.8)
Multiple ethnicities8 (2.0)
Education (n=419)Less than high school4 (1.0)
High school or equivalent29 (6.9)
Some college/university61 (14.6)
College diploma57 (13.6)
Bachelor degree153 (36.5)
Graduate degree115 (27.4)
Relationship statusLiving together (not married)140 (30.0)
Dating (not living together)111 (23.8)
No current partners56 (12.0)
Polyamorous/multiple partners44 (9.4)
Married43 (9.2)
Casual dating43 (9.2)
Other29 (6.2
Number of lifetime sexual partners: mean=14.2 (SD 11.7)0–588 (18.9)
6–10101 (21.7)
11–15172 (36.9)
16–2030 (6.4)
≥2175 (16.1)
Gender of sexual partners in past 3 months‡Male118 (25.3)
Female329 (70.6)
Trans67 (14.4)
Lifetime STI historyYes89 (19.1)
No377 (80.9)
STI reported‡ (n=73)HPV and genital warts30 (6.4)
Chlamydia19 (4.1)
Herpes16 (3.4)
HIV6 (1.4)
Do not know/do not remember3 (0.6)
Trichomoniasis1 (0.2)
Pubic lice1 (0.2)
Gonorrhoea1 (0.2)
Hepatitis C1 (0.2)
Molluscum contagiosum1 (0.2)
Currently living with STICurrently living with STI24 (5.2)
Received STI testEver312 (67.0)
Past 24 months248 (53.2)
Received HIV testEver278 (59.7)
Past 24 months212 (45.5)
Received Pap testPast 24 months332 (71.2)
History of lifetime sexual assault (n=415)Yes173 (41.7)
No242 (58.3)
Perceived as gender non-conformingNo306 (65.7)
Yes160 (34.3)
Believe healthcare providers were not comfortable with their sexual orientation64 (13.7)
  • *n=466 unless otherwise specified.

  • †Percentages calculated from non-missing responses for each variable.

  • ‡Participants could select more than 1 response.

  • STI, sexually transmitted infection.