2018
DOI: 10.1590/0102-311x00033317
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Bio-behavioral survey of syphilis in homeless men in Central Brazil: a cross-sectional study

Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and factors associated with syphilis in homeless men in Central Brazil. It is a cross-sectional study conducted with 481 individuals attending four therapeutic communities between October and December 2015. A structured interview was conducted to collect sociodemographic data and risk factors for syphilis. Rapid/point-of-care and VDRL tests were performed to determine exposure to syphilis and the presence of active syphilis, respectively. Poisson re… Show more

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“…Something curious about the average duration in years of living on the streets was that in our study we found a predominance of less than a year (of individuals living in this condition), while studies from the central-west region reported an average time of 90 days [22,23,25], from the southern region, less than ive years [11] and from the northeast, 13 years [15]. We were unable to establish an adequate reason for such variability.…”
Section: Discussioncontrasting
confidence: 66%
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“…Something curious about the average duration in years of living on the streets was that in our study we found a predominance of less than a year (of individuals living in this condition), while studies from the central-west region reported an average time of 90 days [22,23,25], from the southern region, less than ive years [11] and from the northeast, 13 years [15]. We were unable to establish an adequate reason for such variability.…”
Section: Discussioncontrasting
confidence: 66%
“…Two other studies [20,21], showed a prevalence of incomplete elementary education, and a third 15 mentions only 'elementary education pro ile'. We found other research conducted in capital cities that addressed public shelters, with 342 [14] and 353 [16] individuals and also therapeutic communities involving 342 [14] and 481 [22,23] participants, who demonstrated an average stay of 5 to 9 years in elementary school, for half of them. These data expose the dif iculties faced by this group in accessing education.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 57%
“…In this study, length of homelessness ranged from three days to 31 years. In Goiânia-Goiás, a study with 150 homeless persons found that 60.7% people studied have been in this situation for less than six months, and 30.7% for more than six months (18) . A…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 96%
“…Pesquisa realizada em Belo Horizonte/MG detectou influência de bebida alcoólica nos comportamentos de risco e afirmou da possibilidade que o álcool apresenta de reduzir a percepção de risco, potencializando comportamentos vulneráveis 14 , como o não uso de preservativo 15 que potencializa os casos de sífilis, além de múltiplos parceiros sexuais, sexo sob uso de drogas 16 .…”
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