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Table 1 Participants’ socio-demographic characteristics (NSP n = 987; PDI n = 1820)

From: Hidden populations: risk behaviours in drug-using populations in the Republic of Georgia through subsequent peer-driven interventions

Characteristic NSP: n (%a)
n = 987
PDI: n (%a)
n = 1820
P value
Demographics
City
 Akhaltsikhe (n = 140) 0 (0.0) 140 (5.0)
 Batumi (n = 195) 74 (2.6) 121 (4.3)  
 Borjomi (n = 171) 6 (0.2) 165 (5.9)  
 Gori (n = 95) 95 (3.4) 0 (0.0)  
 Kutaisi (n = 278) 76 (2.7) 202 (7.2)  
 Ozurgeti (n = 221) 63 (2.2) 158 (5.6)  
 Poti (n = 203) 55 (2.0) 148 (5.3)  
 Rustavi (n = 213) 100 (3.6) 113 (4.0)  
 Samtredia (n = 184) 71 (2.5) 113 (4.0)  
 Tbilisi (n = 754) 295 (10.5) 459 (16.4)  
 Telavi (n = 135) 70 (2.5) 65 (2.3)  
 Zugdidi (n = 217) 81 (2.9) 136 (7.5)  
Agec(note: recruitment of young people was a specific goal of the RDS) (range 18–73)
 18–25 32 (3.2) 456 (25.1) 0.00
  > 26 955 (96.8) 1364 (74.9)  
 Meana 41.5 35.3 0.00
Sexc(note: recruitment of females was a specific goal of the RDS)
 Female (n = 145) 20 (2.0) 125 (6.9) 0.00
 Male (n = 2662) 967 (98.0) 1695 (93.1)  
Sexual orientationa
 Heterosexual 986 (99.9) 1815 (99.7) 0.34
 Bisexual 1 (0.1) 1 (0.1) 0.66
 Homosexual 0 (0.0) 4 (0.2) 0.14
Educationa
 Secondary (incomplete) 74 (7.5) 163 (9.0) 0.19
 Secondary (complete) 467 (47.3) 839 (46.1) 0.49
 Tertiary (incomplete) 132 (13.4) 303 (16.6) 0.02
 Tertiary (complete) 161 (16.3) 186 (10.2) 0.00
 Professional 149 (15.1) 327 (18.0) 0.06
Employmenta
 Unemployed 563 (57.0) 1105 (60.7) 0.06
 Self-employed 236 (23.9) 396 (21.8) 0.19
 Temporary work 119 (12.1) 202 (11.1) 0.45
 Full-time work 63 (6.4) 93 (5.1) 0.16
 Pensioner 1 (0.1) 5 (0.3) 0.34
Income sourceb,c
 Employment 366 (37.1) 610 (33.5) 0.56
 Renting or selling 135 (13.7) 269 (14.8) 0.43
 Friends, relatives, partners 295 (29.9) 539 (29.6) 0.88
 Welfare, pension 48 (4.9) 74 (4.1) 0.32
 Illegal activities 23 (2.3) 36 (2.0) 0.53
 Gambling 55 (5.6) 142 (7.8) 0.03
Living conditionsc
 Own apartment 384 (38.9) 541 (29.7) 0.00
 Apartment sharing 486 (49.2) 1043 (57.3) 0.00
 Renting 98 (9.9) 193 (10.6) 0.58
 Shelter 10 (1.0) 12 (0.7) 0.31
 Homeless 6 (0.6) 12 (0.7) 0.87
Previous or current medication-assisted treatmentc
 Yes 304 (30.8) 215 (11.8) 0.00
 Currently being treated 116 (11.8) 117 (6.4) 0.00
  1. Statistical significance was classified as a P value < 0.05 and are in bold
  2. Chi-square test was applied for categorical data, and independent t test for continuous data
  3. aUnless otherwise specified
  4. bIn the last 30 days
  5. cAs a percentage proportion by recruitment group (NSP vs PDI)