Table 1

Socio-demographics and HIV-related knowledge and behaviours of 203 clients of Hijra sex workers in Karachi, Pakistan

VariableMedian (IQR)
Age, years29 (24–35)
HIV/AIDS knowledge score9 (8–11)
Frequency (%)
Formal education
 None30 (14.8)
 Grades 1–8129 (63.5)
 Grades 9 or above44 (21.7)
Marital status
 Never married122 (60.1)
 Ever married81 (39.9)
Local resident of Karachi
 Yes54 (26.6)
 No149 (73.4)
Who made the last sex deal
 Self161 (79.3)
 Others42 (20.7)
Condom used in last sex
 Yes86 (42.4)
 No117 (57.6)
Type of lubricant used
 Saliva129 (63.5)
 Water-based lube17 (8.4)
 Oil40 (19.7)
 No lubricant use17 (8.4)
Drugs/alcohol used in last sex
 Yes38 (18.7)
 No165 (81.3)
Venue of last sex
 Hijra sex worker home107 (52.7)
 Other96 (47.3)
Had sex with female sex worker
 In past 30 days
 Yes114 (56.1)
 No89 (43.9)
Type of hijra sex worker
 Regular84 (41.4)
 Casual119 (58.6)