Table 1

Univariable and multivariable analyses of lower knowledge of HIV and STI transmission, testing and treatment among MSM in Ireland, MISI 2015

Number with lower knowledge (%)Univariable analysisMultivariable analysis
OR95% CIP valueaOR95% CIP value
Age group (years)
 >40234 (30)1Ref1Ref
 25–39353 (29)0.98(0.80 to 1.19)0.821.22(0.98 to 1.53)0.080
 18–24468 (51)2.48(2.03 to 3.02)<0.0011.98(1.50 to 2.61)<0.001
Education
 Degree or higher431 (28)1Ref1Ref
 Less than a degree601 (46)2.20(1.88 to 2.57)<0.0011.58(1.32 to 1.88)<0.001
Area of residence*
 Dublin403 (30)1Ref1Ref
 Outside Dublin589 (42)1.69(1.44 to 1.97)<0.0011.21(1.01 to 1.44)0.034
 Missing63 (34)1.20(0.86 to 1.66)0.2811.05(0.74 to 1.51)0.771
Employment
 Employed580 (31)1Ref1Ref
 Unemployed83 (44)1.74(1.29 to 2.36)<0.0011.23(0.87 to 1.72)0.237
 Student322 (49)2.18(1.82 to 2.62)<0.0011.10(0.86 to 1.41)0.452
 Other†49 (40)1.51(1.04 to 2.19)0.0321.55(1.02 to 2.35)0.039
Country of birth
 Outside Ireland106 (26)1Ref1Ref
 Ireland944 (38)1.78(1.41 to 2.25)<0.0011.62(1.25 to 2.10)<0.001
Sexual Identity
 Gay756 (33)1Ref1Ref
 Bisexual185 (48)1.81(1.45 to 2.24)<0.0011.04(0.80 to 1.37)0.756
 Straight/other98 (45)1.64(1.24 to 2.17)0.0010.90(0.65 to 1.25)0.523
Outness level
 Out to all/almost all433 (30)1Ref1Ref
 More than half155 (37)1.35(1.08 to 1.70)0.0091.16(0.90 to 1.48)0.256
 Less than half94 (36)1.32(1.00 to 1.75)0.0471.03(0.76 to 1.41)0.832
 Few206 (44)1.86(1.50 to 2.31)<0.0011.36(1.06 to 1.76)0.017
 None136 (54)2.70(2.06 to 3.54)<0.0011.69(1.20 to 2.37)0.002
HIV testing history
 Negative <12 months267 (25)1Ref1Ref
 Negative >12 months169 (29)1.23(0.98 to 1.54)0.0741.14(0.89 to 1.46)0.285
 Positive13 (9)0.31(0.17 to 0.56)<0.0010.38(0.21 to 0.69)0.001
 Never tested598 (56)3.96(3.30 to 4.76)<0.0012.32(1.88 to 2.86)<0.001
STI in the last 12 months
 No/don’t know986 (38)1Ref1Ref
 Yes62 (23)0.48(0.36 to 0.65)<0.0010.89(0.64 to 1.23)0.486
Certainty of HIV status
 Sure of HIV status648 (33)1Ref1Ref
 Unsure of HIV status400 (43)1.50(1.28 to 1.76)<0.0011.35(1.13 to 1.61)0.001
Visited Man2Man website<0.001<0.001
 Visited178 (24)1Ref1Ref
 Not visited855 (41)2.24(1.85 to 2.70)<0.0011.81(1.45 to 2.25)<0.001
Viewed one or more HP infographics<0.0010.022
 Viewed465 (32)1Ref1Ref
 Not viewed551 (40)1.46(1.25 to 1.71)<0.0011.17(0.98 to 1.41)0.084
  • *Variable with >5% missing data.

  • †Other includes retired, sick leave, medically retired and other.

  • aOR, adjusted OR; HP, health promotion; MISI, MSM Internet Survey Ireland; MSM, men who have sex with men; Ref, reference.