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Sex in the Time of COVID-19: Results of an Online Survey of Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men's Experience of Sex and HIV Prevention During the US COVID-19 Epidemic.
Stephenson, Rob; Chavanduka, Tanaka M D; Rosso, Matthew T; Sullivan, Stephen P; Pitter, Renée A; Hunter, Alexis S; Rogers, Erin.
  • Stephenson R; Department of Systems, Population and Leadership, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. rbsteph@umich.edu.
  • Chavanduka TMD; Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. rbsteph@umich.edu.
  • Rosso MT; Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Sullivan SP; Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Pitter RA; Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Hunter AS; Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Rogers E; Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
AIDS Behav ; 25(1): 40-48, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-739667
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ABSTRACT
This paper presents data from a recent cross-sectional survey of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in the US, to understand changes in sexual behavior and access to HIV prevention options (i.e. condoms and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)) during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The Love and Sex in the Time of COVID-19 survey was conducted online from April to May, 2020. GBMSM were recruited through advertisements featured on social networking platforms, recruiting a sample size of 518 GBMSM. Analysis considers changes three in self-reported measures of sexual behavior number of sex partners, number of anal sex partners and number of anal sex partners not protected by pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or condoms. Approximately two-thirds of the sample reported that they believed it was possible to contract COVID-19 through sex, with anal sex reported as the least risky sex act. Men did not generally feel it was important to reduce their number of sex partners during COVID-19, but reported a moderate willingness to have sex during COVID-19. For the period between February and April-May 20,202, participants reported a mean increase of 2.3 sex partners during COVID-19, a mean increase of 2.1 anal sex partners (range - 40 to 70), but a very small increase in the number of unprotected anal sex partners. Increases in sexual behavior during COVID-19 were associated with increases in substance use during the same period. High levels of sexual activity continue to be reported during the COVID-19 lockdown period and these high levels of sexual activity are often paralleled by increases in substance use and binge drinking. There is a clear need to continue to provide comprehensive HIV prevention and care services during COVID-19, and telehealth and other eHealth platforms provide a safe, flexible mechanism for providing services.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Sexual Behavior / Bisexuality / HIV Infections / Homosexuality, Male / Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis / COVID-19 Type of study: Prevalence study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Limits: Adolescent / Adult / Humans / Male / Middle aged / Young adult Language: English Journal: AIDS Behav Journal subject: Behavioral Sciences / SINDROME DA IMUNODEFICIENCIA ADQUIRIDA (AIDS) Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10461-020-03024-8

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Sexual Behavior / Bisexuality / HIV Infections / Homosexuality, Male / Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis / COVID-19 Type of study: Prevalence study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Limits: Adolescent / Adult / Humans / Male / Middle aged / Young adult Language: English Journal: AIDS Behav Journal subject: Behavioral Sciences / SINDROME DA IMUNODEFICIENCIA ADQUIRIDA (AIDS) Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10461-020-03024-8