SUSPECTED COVID-19 FLU-LIKE SYNDROME IN MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN CASUAL SEX
Keywords:Men, Homosexuality Male, Coronavírus, Pandemic, COVID-19
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.
Copyright (c) 2020 Herica Emilia Félix de Carvalho, Guilherme Schneider, Anderson Reis de Sousa, Emerson Lucas Silva Camargo, Rômulo Veloso Nunes, Matheus Arantes Possani, Dulce Aparecida Barbosa, Isabel Amelia Costa Mendes, Álvaro Francisco Lopes de Sousa
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