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FLU-LIKE SYNDROME SUGGESTIVE OF COVID-19 IN MEN WHO 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 assess the presence of flu-like syndrome suggestive of Covid-19 in men who do sex with men (MSM) who got involved in casual sex during period of social distancing. Method: Behavioral survey, nationwide applied in April and May 2020, by adapting the Respondent Drive Sampling. Results: 1,337 MSM participated in the survey, of which 514 (38.4%) had fever associated with another signs or symptoms of flu syndrome. Social and demographic characteristics, sexual practices and activities during the period of social distancing were statically associated with the presence of flu syndrome. There was statistical difference (p <0.001) in the average partners between those who had signs and symptoms of flu syndrome (3.5) and those who did not (1.7). Conclusion: MSM who got involved in casual sex during the period of social distancing had more likely to develop signs and symptoms indicative of flu syndrome and suggestive of Covid-19.

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2020-08-14

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Health Sciences