Table 2

Characteristics of participants’ most recent opposite-sex partnerships in the past 3 months, by ethnic group and gender

Men’s partnershipsWomen’s partnershipsP for gender differences
BC men’s partnershipsWBI men’s partnershipsP for ethnic differenceBC women’s partnershipsWBI women’s partnershipsP for ethnic differenceAmong BC attendees’ partnershipsAmong WBI attendees’ partnerships
Denominator (number of partnerships reported)* 324 689 449 1041
Partnership type at most recent sex with the partner—5 categories0.0010.028<0.001<0.001
 Committed relationship but not married23.9%22.7%45.8%39.4%
 Regular partners but not in a committed relationship35.4%20.7%32.3%26.2%
 Had recently met28.3%32.6%15.6%23.0%
 Had just met10.2%20.5%3.2%8.0%
Partnership type at most recent sex with the partner—3 categories¶<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
 (married +committed but unmarried)
82 179 217 444
 Uncommitted regular
 (regular partners but not in a committed relationship)
111 141 143 272
 (recently met+just met)
121 362 83 321
Partnership duration (at most recent sex) 0.112<0.001<0.001<0.001
 <4 weeks35.1%35.2%23.1%24.1%
 1–6 months36.5%42.9%29.1%39.8%
 >6 months28.4%21.9%47.8%36.2%
By partnership type at most recent sex
Committed 0.0850.0980.1900.546
 <4 weeks18.7%8.4%10.2%6.9%
 1–6 months29.3%28.6%19.4%27.5%
 >6 months52.0%63.0%70.4%65.6%
Uncommitted regular 0.1250.1510.7280.250
 <4 weeks21.5%17.4%18.4%11.4%
 1–6 months40.9%56.0%40.8%57.9%
 >6 months37.6%26.6%40.8%30.7%
Casual 0.2470.3970.6850.306
 <4 weeks58.5%54.1%64.5%56.4%
 1–6 months38.7%45.0%34.2%41.3%
 >6 months2.8%0.9%1.3%2.3%
Expectation of sex again: Yes/probably 58.3%46.2%<0.00169.1%60.5%0.0040.016<0.001
By partnership type at most recent sex
 Uncommitted regular65.0%62.0%0.56665.4%64.6%0.7450.9370.372
Non-use of condom at most recent sex 58.7%64.2%0.15867.5%68.6%0.7580.0880.207
By partnership type at most recent sex
 Uncommitted regular62.4%65.2%0.67764.8%67.0%0.6860.6550.726
How they met the partner § 0.4270.0050.0700.003
Social venue/public place/neighbour27.6%30.6%24.4%20.3%
Through friends/family21.9%17.4%30.0%23.7%
Online, including internet dating18.2%16.8%12.2%19.1%
  • *Denominators: partnerships reported by participants (SHC attendees) identifying as male, and who reported only female partners in the past year; and partnerships reported by participants identifying as female who reported only male partners in the past year. For categorical outcome variables, Pearson χ2 tests were used to calculate p values.

  • †Estimated from survey questions about recency of first, and of most recent sex.

  • ‡Alternative responses included ‘I don’t know’ as well as ‘no’ and ‘probably not’.

  • §Categories in the table are based on a larger number of response options, as follows: school/college/university/work: ‘At school’, ‘At college/university’, ‘At work (or through work)’; social venue/public place/neighbour: ‘In a pub, bar, night club, disco, or dance’, ‘Through a sports club, faith group, or other organisation’, ‘Neighbour/lived locally/flat share’, ‘In a public place (eg, park, café, shop, public transport)’; through friends/family: ‘Introduced by friends or family’, ‘Had always known each other (eg, as family friends)’, ‘Arranged marriage’; online, including internet dating: ‘Internet dating website’, ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Instagram’, ‘Pandora’, ‘WhatsApp’, ‘Other social media websites’, ‘Online but not through dating website or social media’; other: ‘On holiday or while travelling’, ‘Other dating agency/personal ads’, ‘Partner was a sex worker’, ‘Partner was my client’, ‘Other’.

  • ¶Numbers in each category are italicised.

  • BC, Black Caribbean; SHC, sexual health clinic; WBI, White British/Irish.