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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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GOMES, Antônio Marcos Tosoli  and  CABRAL, Ivone Evangelista. Family members' concealing and silencing in the care of children under antiretroviral therapy. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2010, vol.63, n.5, pp.719-726. ISSN 0034-7167.

The aims of this paper were unveiling the caregiver's everyday life of caring for children under antiretroviral therapy (ARVT), and analyzing the dimensions of care them. Qualitative research was conducted with a creative-sensitive method including seven family members and data were treated through discourse analysis. These family members' everyday life in the medication implementation was marked by concealing and silencing. The first one was represented by linguistic regularities, as expressions and acronyms do not appear in their enunciation, and also in the way their lives are organized facing stigma and bias related to the ARVT. The last one occurred in the relationship with children, as when family members were questioned about the medication, they answered in an evasive way. Concealing and silencing related to child HIV/AIDS are themes which need to be approached by nurses in their caring and health education interventions.

Keywords : HIV; Child; Pediatric nursing; Health education.

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