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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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FREITAS, Julyana Gomes de et al. Coping experiences in the work environment of men living with HIV/Aids. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp.720-726. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective of this study was to understand the coping mechanisms of men living with HIV/AIDS in terms of their work environment. A qualitative study was carried out at a specialized outpatient clinic in Fortaleza-Ceará between March and June 2010, involving eleven men infected with the virus. Semi-structured and audio-recorded interviews were used. The statements were categorized through content analysis into the following categories: absence from work due to the infection; subterfuges used to hide the disease; disrespect for confidentiality in the work environment; suffering associated with the fear of rejection and prejudice; ways of coping after diagnosis of the disease; and the importance of work for personal accomplishment. In conclusion, men infected with HIV face counterproductive situations in the work environment, mainly evidenced by fear of discovery of the infection and prejudice. Associated with coping, absences for health monitoring purposes interfered with performance at work and increased the risk of losing their job.

Keywords : Men; HIV; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Working environment; Prejudice; Nursing.

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