Understanding of the Elderly Attached to the Family Health Strategy about the HIV/AIDS Infection
Introduction: populational aging is a phenomenon that causes changes in the whole world, highlighting the spread of HIV/AIDS on the elderly population, characterized as a public health problem. Objective: identifying the understanding of older people about prevention and transmission of HIV/AIDS and recognizing their opinion about the control of this disease. Method: this is an exploratory-descriptive study of a qualitative approach, developed with 26 elderly enrolled in three Family Health Strategies on the city of Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil. The data were collected in interview structured script, and the data were collected in an interview with structured script, and analyzed according to the Content Analysis Technique proposed by Bardin. Results: from the participants of the research, 69.2% were women, half aged between 60 to 69 years old. From the analysis of the discourses two thematic categories emerged: Understanding about HIV/AIDS infection and responsibility for combating the disease. Conclusion: there are gaps in relation to knowledge of older people about HIV/AIDS, what makes them vulnerable to acquiring the disease.
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