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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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FERNANDES, Hugo  and  HORTA, Ana Lúcia de Moraes. Nursing students' perceptions on HIV serodiscordant partnerships. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2005, vol.13, n.4, pp.522-529. ISSN 1518-8345.

This qualitative research aimed to identify undergraduate nursing students' perceptions on mixed-HIV-status couples. Social Representation Theory was used to get to know how the students feel, think and act towards HIV/aids serodiscordance. Six fourth-year nursing students were interviewed. Participants were between 20 and 26 years old. The "Projective Thematic Drawing" and a structure interview were used for data collection. Data were analyzed by means of "Thematic Content Analysis". The obtained data revealed the students' perceptions on serodiscordant couples. This study triggered future reflections/discussions on health education for mixed-HIV-status couples and nursing care.

Keywords : HIV; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; health education; nursing.

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