Table 4

Variations in the prevalence of sexual health outcomes by paying for sex in the past 5 years

No paid sexPaid for sex, past 5 yearsUnivariable logistic regressionMultivariable logistic regression
Unweighted, weighted denominators5872, 7004236, 261
Per cent95% CIPer cent95% CIOR95% CIp ValueAOR*95% CIp Value
Low sexual function, past year†0.00160.0037
 No80.4(79.1 to 81.8)69.6(61.6 to 76.5)1.001.00
 Yes19.6(18.2 to 20.9)30.4(23.5 to 38.4)1.80(1.25 to 2.59)1.81(1.21 to 2.69)
Sexual health clinic attendance‡<0.00010.0166
 No89.2(88.3 to 90.0)69.8(62.2 to 76.4)1.001.00
 Yes10.8(10.0 to 11.7)30.2(23.6 to 37.8)3.58(2.52 to 5.07)1.69(1.10 to 2.58)
HIV test‡<0.0001<0.0001
 No89.5(88.5 to 90.4)65.6(57.6 to 72.8)1.001.00
 Yes10.5(9.6 to 11.5)34.4(27.2 to 42.4)4.49(3.15 to 6.39)2.20(1.53 to 3.17)
STI diagnosis/es‡,§<0.00010.0007
 No96.9(96.4 to 97.3)83.6(77.4 to 88.3)1.001.00
 Yes3.1(2.7 to 3.6)16.4(11.7 to 22.6)6.07(3.93 to 9.38)2.34(1.44 to 3.81)
  • *ORs for paying for sex are adjusted for age (continuous), ‘relationship status at interview’, ‘NS-SEC code’, ‘resident in Greater London’, ‘quintiles of multiple deprivation’, and ‘number of sexual partners, past 5 years’.

  • †Sexual function score calculated using the Natsal-SF17 ,18 only for the population who were sexually active in the past year.

  • ‡In the past 5 years.

  • §STIs include genital warts, trichomonas, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, non-specific or non-gonococcal urethritis and pelvic inflammatory disease.

  • AOR, adjusted OR; NS-SEC, National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification; STI, sexually transmitted infection.