Factors associated with sexual intercourse among Brazilian men during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional study

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Erisvan Vieira da Silva
Guilherme Tavares de Arruda
Melissa Medeiros Braz


Introduction: Transmission of COVID-19 occurs from person to person through respiratory droplets and aerosol, through contact and direct transmission, through kissing, handshaking, etc. In this perspective, several countries have implemented actions and strategies to reduce the risks of transmission. Because of this, there are several widespread reflexes and concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. One change in behavior that can be affected due to the social distance that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic is sexual activity. Objective: To analyze the factors associated with the sexual intercourse of Brazilian men during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: 518 men over 18 years of age responded to the online survey that included sociodemographic, clinical, behavioral, and anthropometric characteristics and the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). The sample was divided into two groups according to the practice of sexual intercourse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: Through multivariate regression analysis, being satisfied or equally dissatisfied/satisfied with sex life and being in a stable relationship were the factors associated with the sexual intercourse of Brazilian men during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, not drinking alcohol was a protective factor for sexual intercourse in this sample. Conclusion: In our study, being satisfied or equally dissatisfied/satisfied with the overall sex life and having a stable relationship were associated with intercourse during a COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, not drinking alcohol was considered a protective factor.


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Silva, E. V. da, Arruda, G. T. de, & Braz, M. M. (2022). Factors associated with sexual intercourse among Brazilian men during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional study. ABCS Health Sciences, 47, e022211. https://doi.org/10.7322/abcshs.2021118.1846
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