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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of the participants

From: Hepatitis C reinfection in former and active injecting drug users in Belgium

Characteristics N (%)
Gender  
       Male 49 (81.7)
       Female 11 (18.3)
Median age (IQR) 51.0 (44.3–56.0)
Age groups  
       < 30 2 (3.3)
       30–39 5 (8.3)
       40–49 19 (31.7)
       50–59 31 (51.7)
       ≥ 60 3 (5.0)
Birth country  
       Belgium 51 (85.0)
       Other 9 (15.0)
Income  
       Employed 12 (20.0)
       Temporary benefit (unemployed) 15 (25.0)
       Temporary benefit (disability) 31 (51.7)
       Retirement 1 (1.7)
       No income 1 (1.7)
Education  
       Completed primary 13 (21.7)
       Partly high school 25 (40.0)
       High school 18 (30.0)
       University/college 5 (8.3)
Housing  
       Owned/rented 48 (80.0)
       Residential 3 (5.0)
       Family/friends 8 (13.3)
      Homeless 1 (1.7)
Household member with HCV  
       Yes 13 (21.7)
       No 47 (78.3)
History of imprisonment  
       Yes 41 (68.3)
       No 19 (30.6)
Potentially non-sterile tattoo/piercing  
       Yes 28 (46.7)
       No 32 (53.3)
Unsafe sexual contacts  
       Yes 59 (98.3)
      No 1 (1.7)
Number of unsafe sexual contacts  
       1–5 12 (20.3)
       6–10 10 (16.9)
       > 10 15 (25.4)
       Missing 22 (37.3)
Alcohol abuse  
       Never 9 (15.0)
       In the past 15 (25.0)
       < Monthly 14 (23.3)
       < Weekly 6 (10.0)
       > Weekly 6 (10.0)
       Daily 10 (16.7)
  1. ‘Unsafe’ refers to sexual contact without the use of a condom
  2. IQR, interquartile range; HCV, hepatitis C virus