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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

versão impressa ISSN 0037-8682versão On-line ISSN 1678-9849

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NUNES, Ceuci de Lima Xavier; GONCALVES, Lívia A.; SILVA, Patrícia T.  e  BINA, José Carlos. Clinical-epidemiological characteristics of a group of HIV/AIDS infected women in Salvador-Bahia. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.6, pp.436-440. ISSN 0037-8682.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822004000600002.

The increasing number of HIV/AIDS infected women is one of the main characteristics of the AIDS epidemic, besides the wide expansion of the disease among the poor. This study focused on a group of 82 women with AIDS from Salvador - Bahia. The mean age was 32 ± 7.2 years, 75% had children, 82.5% were jobless, and 77.8% were illiterate or only had basic education. The number of sexual partners was five or fewer in 71% of cases and 25% had only one sexual partner. Forty-six (55.4%) women reported up to 77 episodes of opportunist infections. The majority of the patients were from the lower classes, with no good education, a low income and few sexual partners. The main via of transmission was heterosexual, and many of the women were infected by their steady partner/husband.

Palavras-chave : AIDS; HIV; Women; Feminization; Poverty.

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