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Psicologia & Sociedade

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Abstract

SILVA, Nara Helena Lopes Pereira da  and  CARDOSO, Cármen Lúcia. Community health agents: meanings in HIV/AIDS work. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.2, pp. 257-266. ISSN 1807-0310.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822008000200013.

The present study intends to extend discussions about the community health agents work in the primary attention, concerning HIV/AIDS. For this purpose, the objective was to give visibility to the constructed meanings regarding HIV/AIDS in a group of community health agents. A group interview was conducted with four agents. The interview was tape-recorded, transcribed and analyzed in the perspective of social constructionism. The analysis of the narratives informed how the different meanings attributed throughout the history of the epidemy are present in conceptions and in the work with HIV/AIDS, namely, the prejudice anchored by the scientific discourse; gender issues involved in work relations; contemporary values expressed in the ideals of perfection and youth. We emphasize that these meanings jointly constructed with group interaction, interpret and constitute health care. It is concluded that the creation of spaces for dialogical exchanges among professionals makes possible to question meanings apparently crystallized in relation to the thematic of HIV/AIDS.

Keywords : Family health; community health agent; HIV/AIDS; social constructionism.

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