Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
ANDRADE, Sonia Maria Oliveira de et al. Vulnerability of men who have sex with men in the context of AIDS. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.2, pp.479-482. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007000200027.
The number of AIDS cases in men who have sex with men (MSM) decreased in the initial years of the epidemic, but the percentage of cases in this group has remained unaltered in the last five years. This study, aimed to improve knowledge on the impact of AIDS in the daily lives of MSM, was conducted in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil, using a questionnaire and interviews. The results show that MSM perceive their vulnerability to HIV infection, referring to inconsistent condom use and multiple sex partners, given that 65% of homosexuals, 75% of bisexuals, and 33% of transvestites reported up to 5 partners in the previous month and emphasizing that 59% of the group reported more than 11 partners during the same period. The susceptibility of certain groups and the identification and understanding of their specificities pose a major challenge in any geographic context where such conditions are present.
Keywords : Male Homosexuality; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Sex Behavior.