Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
DINIZ, Normélia Maria Freire; ALMEIDA, Lílian Conceição Guimarães de; RIBEIRO, Bárbara Cristina dos S. and MACEDO, Valéria Góes de. Women victims of sexual violence: adherence to chemoprevention of HIV. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.1, pp. 7-12. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692007000100002.
This study aimed to investigate the adherence of women victims of sexual violence, to AIDS chemoprevention treatment. A quantitative study was carried out at a care service to victims of sexual violence in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil). Study participants were 172 women. Data were collected through interviews with forms and consultation of patient files. The results showed that 45.4% of the abused women were teenagers and 40.7% of the attended women were raped. Only 54% of the women were advised to use antiretrovirals to prevent HIV. Adherence to treatment occurred in 57.4% of cases and discontinuity corresponded to 42.6%. Non-adherence to treatment was attributed to psychological or emotional disorders and non-understanding of the established treatment. Therefore, it is important that professionals pay careful attention in order to perceive the conditions that might increase women's vulnerability to the infection.
Keywords : women; violence; chemoprevention.