Understanding of the elderly and their relatives regarding sexuality and HIV/AIDS: a descriptive study
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UNDERSTANDING THE ELDERLY AND FAMILY: SEXUALITY AND HIV/AIDS BY CONTENT ANALYSIS (Português (Brasil))

Keywords

Sexuality
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Aged
Community Health Nursing Sexualidad
Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida
Anciano
Enfermería en Salud Comunitaria Sexualidade
Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida
Idoso
Enfermagem em Saúde Comunitária

Abstract

Aim: To observe the understanding of the elderly and their relatives regarding sexuality and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Method: This is a descriptive study, using a focus group, interviews and content analysis. Thirty-three seniors citizens were the focus of the research, divided into six groups, together with nine relatives who were also interviewed; all were patients of a Primary Health Care unit located in the city of Uberaba, Brazil. Results: Thirteen categories emerged, which were divided into five groups: male senior citizens, female senior citizens, a mixed group of men and women, and relatives. Discussion: From the main categories identified in the research, it was observed that there is a reduced awareness about AIDS and the association of the disease to death; lack of information and protection during sexual intercourse. Relatives valorize the sexuality of older people and are not aware of public, nation-wide educational campaigns aimed at this age group. Conclusion: There is a lack of understanding about AIDS and its association with death among the elderly, and their sexuality, from the point-of-view of the relatives.

https://doi.org/10.5935/1676-4285.20144326
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