Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
SILVA, Carla Marins and VARGENS, Octavio Muniz da Costa. Women's perception about female vulnerability to STD and HIV. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.2, pp. 401-406. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342009000200020.
This is a descriptive study using a qualitative approach. The purpose was to analyze women's perception about female vulnerability to acquire STD/HVIV. The study took place in 2006 at a university campus in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Interviews were carried out with 12 women, older than 18 years, of different educational levels, ethnic origins and religions. The women were students, technical-administrative workers and faculty members, among other users. The study complied with the requirements of the National Research Ethics Committee. Data analysis was performed according to the premises of Content Analysis. Results revealed two large dimensions: one related with the women's personal perception and their behaviors, and another related with these women's opinion about other women's behavior. This article discusses the data regarding the collective dimension. It was concluded that the interviewed women recognize vulnerability factors in other women and realize the risk that others face of acquiring STD/HIV, but do not consider themselves to be at risk.
Keywords : Women's health; Gender and health; Sexually transmitted diseases; HIV; Vulnerability.