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Table 3 Selected characteristics of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Burkina Faso and Togo

From: Development and reliability of metrics to characterize types and sources of stigma among men who have sex with men and female sex workers in Togo and Burkina Faso

City Ouagadougou Bobo-Dioulasso Lomé Kara
Median age 21 22 22 24
Completed primary school or higher 93.0% (319/343) 90.3% (298/330) 99.2% (351/354) 99.4% (327/329)
Employed 19.5% (67/343) 26.4% (87/330) 43.5% (154/354) 23.1% (76/329)
Married or cohabitating with a woman 5.0% (17/340) 3.0% (10/329) 8.5% (30/354) 3.0% (10/329)
Has at least one biological child 7.6% (26/343) 7.9% (26/330) 5.4% (19/353) 1.8% (6/329)
Sexual orientation:
 Gay or homosexual 51.3% (176/343) 55.8% (184/330) 61.0% (216/354) 68.7% (226/329)
 Bisexual 44.0% (151/343) 39.4% (130/330) 35.0% (124/354) 31.3% (103/329)
 Heterosexual or straight 2.0% (7/343) 3.9% (13/330) 0.8% (3/354) 0.0% (0/329)
 Transvestite/transgender 2.6% (9/343) 0.9% (3/330) 3.1% (11/354) 0.0% (0/329)
 Told family about same-sex practices 26.0% (89/343) 20.3% (67/330) 24.0% (85/354) 29.8% (98/329)
 Family found out about same-sex practices 18.1% (58/321) 19.3% (62/321) 18.0% (62/344) 29.1% (93/320)
 Told health worker about same-sex practices 19.9% (66/332) 20.0% (61/305) 36.3% (128/353) 8.8% (29/329)
 Health worker found out about same-sex practices 3.3% (11/332) 2.3% (7/305) 10.5% (37/353) 1.5% (5/329)
 Ever had suicidal thoughts 14.9% (51/343) 17.0% (56/329) 13.9% (49/353) 6.1% (20/329)
 Participated in MSM organization 17.0% (58/342) 8.0% (26/327) 40.7% (144/354) 1.22% (4/329)
 Identifies as male 70.8% (242/342) 61.2% (202/330) 72.0% (255/354) 91.5% (301/329)
 Ever had condomless anal sex 50.4% (173/343) 67.9% (222/327) 43.8% (155/354) 53.8% (177/329)
 Ever tested for HIV more than once 51.6% (177/343) 55.2% (181/328) 55.9% (195/349) 47.4% (156/329)