Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
GOMES, Antonio Marcos Tosoli; SILVA, Érika Machado Pinto and OLIVEIRA, Denize Cristina de. Social representations of AIDS and their quotidian interfaces for people living with HIV. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.3, pp. 485-492. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692011000300006.
This qualitative descriptive study, guided by the Social Representations Theory, aimed to describe the content of the social representations regarding the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) for seropositive individuals in outpatient monitoring of the public health network and to analyze the interface of the social representations of AIDS with the quotidian of the individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), especially in the adherence to treatment process Interviews were conducted with 30 seropositive individuals and the manual content analysis technique was used. From the analysis, six categories emerged that re-translated the quotidian of seropositive people permeated by the stigma, prejudice, struggle for life and the need for the continuous use of antiretrovirals. AIDS was assimilated to chronic diseases such as diabetes, showing a trend of transformation of the social representation of AIDS, substituting the idea of death, with life. It is concluded that people living with HIV are more optimistic due to effective treatments for the control of the disease.
Keywords : Social Representations; HIV; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Chronic Disease.