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Dilemmas and challenges for HIV prevention in representations of young Catholics

Pablo Luiz Santos Couto, Mirian Santos Paiva, Jeane Freitas de Oliveira, Antônio Marcos Tosoli Gomes, Larissa Silva de Abreu Rodrigues, Marizete Argolo Teixeira

Abstract


Aim: analyze the process of formation of social representations built by young Catholics on HIV prevention. Method: This is a qualitative and quantitative study, carried out on Facebook and based on Social Representation Theory. The in-depth interview was used as a data collection technique, which was processed in Alceste software, allowing the analysis of lexical content. Results: The representations of young people about HIV prevention, shaped in the systems of cognition, point out that the object is signified as a phenomenon intrinsic to the sphere of sexuality, influenced by both the Catholic religion and progressive knowledge. Discussion: Influences on the formation of representations of young people about HIV prevention reveal dilemmas, pointing to the formation of a strange element due to the duality of structured social thinking. Conclusion: The influence of Catholic doctrine implies confronted dilemmas about safe sexual practice and interferes with HIV prevention: this is the greatest challenge.

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Religion and sex;Sexuality;Human immunodeficiency virus;Health

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