HIV/AIDS and Seniors: Knowledge of the Elderly about the Disease

  • Cláudia Jeane Lopes Pimenta Bachelor of Nursing, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Iluska Pinto da Costa Technical School of Health of Cajazeiras, Teacher’s Training Center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Maria do Carmo Andrade Duarte de Farias Academic Unit of Life Sciences, Teacher’s Training Center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Kátia Nêyla de Freitas Macedo Costa Postgraduate Nursing Program, Federal University of Paraiba. João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Thiago Lívio Barbosa Pereira Bachelor of Nursing, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Eliane de Sousa Leite Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher Training Center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Janaíne Chiara Oliveira Moraes Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher Training Center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Cleane Rosa da Silva Nursing Student, Federal University of Paraiba. João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Mônica Rafaela de Almeida Federal Rural University of the Semi-Arid. Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
  • Débora Amorim de Vasconcelos Bachelor of Nursing, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Andressa Séfora Queiroga de Sousa Bachelor of Nursing, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Tatiana Ferreira da Costa Doctoral Student of Postgraduate in Nursing Program, Federal University of Paraiba. João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil.

Abstract

Introduction: the spread of HIV/AIDS in the elderly population is already characterized as a serious public health problem, requiring the development of actions and strategies to reduce the vulnerability of these individuals.

Objective: identifying the knowledge of older people about HIV/AIDS.

Method: this is an exploratory-descriptive study of a qualitative approach, developed with 26 elderly enrolled in three Family Health Strategies of the city of Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil. Data were collected through interviews with a structured questionnaire and analyzed according to the Content Analysis Technique proposed by Bardin.

Results: participants were 26 elderly, most of whom were women belonging to the age group of 60-69 years old and married. From the analysis of the speeches of the participants emerged the theme category Knowledge about HIV/AIDS, with the following subcategories: Definition, Sources of Information, Treatment and Prognosis.

Conclusion: it showed that many seniors have relevant knowledge about the disease; however, most of this is insufficient or surrounded by the mystification of knowledge rooted in the popular daily life.

Published
Mar 3, 2016
How to Cite
PIMENTA, Cláudia Jeane Lopes et al. HIV/AIDS and Seniors: Knowledge of the Elderly about the Disease. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, mar. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1470>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1891.
Section
Primary Care

Keywords

Elderly; Knowledge; HIV; AIDS; Community Health Services.

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