Suspected COVID-19 flu-like syndrome in men who have sex with men and have been involved in casual sex

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 Amélia Costa Mendes, Álvaro Francisco Lopes de Sousa

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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.

Objetivo:Evaluar la presencia de síndrome gripal sospecha de COVID-19 en hombres que tienen sexo con hombres (HSH) y se envolvieron en sexo con pareja ocasional durante distanciamiento social.

Método: Averiguación epidemiológica, de abarcamiento nacional, aplicado en abril y mayo de 2020, por adaptación delRespondent Drive Sampling.

Resultados: 1.337 HSHs participaron de la investigación, de los cuales 514 (38,4%) tuvieron fiebre relacionada a otra señal o síntoma de síndrome gripal. Características sociales, demográficas, prácticas y actividades sexuales durante el distanciamiento social han estáticamente relacionadas a la presencia de síndrome gripal. Hubo diferencia estadística (p < 0,001) en la media de parejas entre aquellos que tuvieron señales y síntomas de síndrome gripal (3,5) y aquellos que no los tuvieron (1,7).

Conclusión: Se evidencia ocurrencia de señales y síntomas indicativos de síndrome gripal sugestivo de COVID-19 en HSHs brasileños que se envolvieron en sexo ocasional durante el período del distanciamiento social.

Objetivo: Avaliar a presença de síndrome gripal suspeita de COVID-19 em homens que fazem sexo com homens (HSH) e se envolveram em sexo com parceiro casual durante período de distanciamento social.

Método: Inquérito epidemiológico, de abrangência nacional, aplicado em abril e maio de 2020, por adaptação doRespondent Drive Sampling.

Resultados: 1.337 HSHs participaram da pesquisa, dos quais 514 (38,4%) tiveram febre associada a outro sinal ou sintoma de síndrome gripal. Características sociais, demográficas, práticas e atividades sexuais durante o período de distanciamento social foram estaticamente associadas à presença de síndrome gripal. Houve diferença estatística (p < 0,001) na média de parceiros entre aqueles que tiveram sinais e sintomas de síndrome gripal (3,5) e aqueles que não os tiveram (1,7).

Conclusão:

Evidencia-se ocorrência de sinais e sintomas indicativos de síndrome gripal sugestiva de COVID19 em HSHs brasileiros que se envolveram em sexo casual durante o período do distanciamento social.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e20200913-e20200919
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Volume73
Issue numbersupl. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Men
  • Homosexuality
  • Male
  • Coronavirus
  • Pandemics
  • COVID-19
  • Hombres
  • Homosexualidad masculina
  • Pandemia
  • Homens
  • Homossexualidade masculina
  • Coronavírus

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

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