Acta Paulista de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0103-2100
NICOLAU, Ana Izabel Oliveira et al. A picture of the socioeconomic and sexual reality of women prisoners. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.3, pp. 386-392. ISSN 0103-2100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002012000300011.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the socioeconomic and sexual profile of prisoners. METHODS: A study using a quantitative approach, transversal and descriptive, involving 155 prisoners. Data collection was performed from January to March, 2010, in the female penitentiary in the State of Ceará (Brazil), and included data on socioeconomic and sexual characteristics. RESULTS: Most of the young Brazilian women were single with low educational levels and family income, imprisoned for drug trafficking. There was early first sexual intercourse, with stability and little variety of sexual partners. Being a prisoner, using drugs and possessing tattoos/piercings represented common aspects of the participants and their partners. The homo/bisexuality, and prostitution were strongly present. STDs before or after the arrest showed little expression. The guarantee of achievement of conjugal visits and the obtaining of preventive screening still faces major obstacles. CONCLUSION: Despite the vulnerabilities encountered, it was concluded that strategies to promote sexual health in the prison environment should encompass the complexity of the peculiarities experienced by prisoners.
Keywords : Prisoners; Sexual and reproductive health; Socioeconomic analysis.