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Knowledge and Attitudes of Women regarding AID

Author(s): Alessandra Tourinho | Elza Berger Salema Coelho | Carlos Frederico Tourinho dos Santos

Journal: Saúde & Transformação Social
ISSN 2178-7085

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 33;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Women | Sexuality | Knowledge | Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

This study investigated the knowledge and attitudes in relation to AIDS in women over 50 years of age. The study included women from the Center for the Study of the Elderly - NETI, of the Federal University of Santa Catarina - UFSC. To achieve the proposed objectives, a descriptive-exploratory qualitative approach was chosen. A semi-structured interview was used as the data collection technique. It was identified that knowledge about AIDS and risk attitudes toward the disease, arise from the permanence of the concept of risk groups, from the dynamics of power inherent in gender relationships in our society, and from the lack of effectiveness and sustainability of public policies on AIDS prevention which effectively reach this segment of the population, as well as a lack of strategies to effectively make such policies operational.
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