Sources of Information about STI/HIV/AIDS Used by Adolescent Students
AbstractIntroduction: adolescence is a stage is which several transformations occur in the individual’s body, besides being the period of greatest vulnerability to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), especially HIV/AIDS, as sexuality and the search for pleasure are salient features of the adolescent individuals. Objective: identify the sources of information about STI/HIV/AIDS used by adolescent students. Method: this is an exploratory, descriptive and transversal field study, with a quantitative approach, carried out in a public high school, located in the urban area of the municipality of Cajazeiras/PB, with 188 adolescents of a population base of 288 students, between the months of February and March 2015. The data was collected during the school term period, by means of a previously elaborated questionnaire, and analyzed with the SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science) for Windows, version 21. Results: 188 adolescents took part in this study, of whom the majority was composed of the female individuals, aged between 17 and 19 years, self-declared black or brown-skinned , without a partner , catholic, with a family income of up to a minimum salary and who stated not to work. About the sources of information, it became clear that the school and the media were the most cited by the adolescents of both genders. Conclusion: it was observed that the social and economic spheres may increase the adolescents’ vulnerability to STI/HIV/AIDS and that the school made a relevant contribution to the dissemination of knowledge on the topic.
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