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SUSPECTED COVID-19 FLU-LIKE SYNDROME IN MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN CASUAL SEX

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.1100

Keywords:

Men, Homosexuality Male, Coronavírus, Pandemic, COVID-19

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the presence of flu-like syndrome suggestive of COVID-19 in men who have sex with men (MSM) and engaged in casual sex during a period of social isolation. Method: National epidemiological survey, applied in April and May 2020, by adaptation of Respondent Drive Sampling. Results: 1,337 MSM participated in the survey, of which 514 (38.4%) had fever associated with another sign or symptom of flu-like syndrome. Social, demographic characteristics, sexual practices and activities during the period of social isolation were statistically associated with the presence of flu-like syndrome. There was a statistical difference (p < 0.001) in the average of partners between those who had signs and symptoms of flu-like syndrome (3.5) and those who did not (1.7). Conclusion: Evidence of signs and symptoms indicative of flu-like syndrome suggestive of COVID 19 in Brazilian MSM who were involved in casual sex during the period of social isolation.

 

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Posted

2020-08-14 — Updated on 2020-09-17

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Health Sciences