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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SANT'ANNA, Ana Carolina Cunha  and  SEIDL, Eliane Maria Fleury. Effects of seropositivity in reproductive choices of women living with HIV/Aids. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.2, pp. 244-251. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722009000200011.

AIDS epidemiological profile indicates a feminine trend particularly among those in the reproductive age. The study investigated the HIV positive women perception of the seropositivity effects on their reproductive choices. It was chosen a qualitative research design with the use of semi-structured individual interviews with thirty HIV positive women in their reproductive age. As the most frequent categories of reasons, most women reported they did not wish to have children, showing the fear of HIV transmission to the baby and seropositivity as a synonym of death. The findings indicate the need for the services in HIV/AIDS to act in line with the programs of comprehensive health care of women and the principles of Brazilian Health System, respecting the reproductive decisions of seropositive women.

Keywords : Reproductive choices; Women living with HIV/Aids; Reproductive rights; Mother-to-child HIV transmission.

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