Table 1

Variations in the prevalence of reported number and types of sexual partners, by ethnic group and gender

MenP for ethnic difference among menWomenP for ethnic difference among womenP for gender differences
Black CaribbeanWhite British/IrishBlack CaribbeanWhite British/IrishAmong BC attendeesAmong WBI attendees
Denominator (participants)* 182426390792
Sociodemographics
Age (median, IQR)27 (22–33)27 (24–31)26 (22–31)25 (21–30)
 15–1911.0%4.9%0.09812.8%10.1%0.3270.3180.009
 20–2425.8%23.9%32.8%36.9%
 25–3442.3%54.2%37.4%40.5%
 35–4411.0%12.0%10.3%8.3%
 45+9.9%4.9%6.7%4.2%
Education above GCSEs, or equivalent†65.9%82.2%0.01078.8%84.8%0.0150.0010.081
In employment71.7%84.0%0.00471.1%71.3%0.9460.8500.001
Current partnership(s) status 0.0440.167<0.0010.009
 Committed sexual partnership(s) only33.5%38.6%52.3%50.1%
 Casual sexual partnership(s) only41.5%38.6%31.1%28.9%
 Both committed and casual sexual partnerships7.4%2.6%1.8%1.8%
 No current sexual partnership17.6%20.1%14.8%19.2%
Sexual partners, past year
Partners, n0.1600.002<0.001<0.001
 116.1%25.4%51.0%42.3%
 223.0%15.9%24.2%19.3%
 3–423.6%26.1%17.6%23.0%
 5–924.7%21.2%6.1%12.6%
 10+12.6%11.5%1.1%2.8%
New partners, n0.053<0.001<0.001<0.001
 08.9%3.2%14.6%4.8%
 134.9%36.7%64.9%53.7%
 2+56.2%60.1%20.5%41.5%
Overlapping (concurrent) partnerships,‡ among those reporting two or more partners in the past year 0.0230.176<0.001<0.001
Denominator (participants)§ 145 310 192 453
 No33.1%43.5%55.2%58.7%
 Yes57.2%50.6%41.7%39.7%
 Don't remember9.7%5.8%3.1%1.5%
Sexual partners, past 3 months, n 0.0290.039<0.001<0.001
 07.3%8.8%11.3%6.9%
 132.6%43.4%66.5%63.6%
 228.1%23.6%15.0%17.8%
 315.2%12.9%4.0%5.5%
 4+16.9%11.2%3.2%6.3%
  • *Denominators: participants (SHC attendees) identifying as male, and who reported only female partners in the past year, and 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.

  • †GCSE: General Certificate of Secondary Education, exams typically taken by age 16 in England.

  • ‡From a direct question about overlapping partnerships.

  • §Among participants reporting two or more sexual partners within the past year.

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