Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
versão impressa ISSN 1413-294X
OLTRAMARI, Leandro Castro e CAMARGO, Brigido Vizeu. Social representations of AIDS by female sex workers. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.2, pp. 317-323. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2004000200013.
This study focuses on female sex workers and their respective partners. Semi structured interviews were performed with 40 women with ages between 19 and 47. Around half of the subjects had a fixed relationship. The software ALCESTE analyzed the collected data. Three salient aspects of the social representations of AIDS were detected and are here considered by order of importance: first, AIDS was seen as a disease which affects others, involving 48.3% of the UCE; second, AIDS was seen as a disease that represents a menace to everybody and was seen as being caused by a neglectful use of condoms (26% of UCE); third, AIDS was associated to the use of drugs and to people arousing suspicion. Data also suggested that women who had fixed relationships out of commercial relations were more vulnerable than the others for they did not behave as protectively with their fixed partners as they did with their clients.
Palavras-chave : social representations; female sex workers; aids; condoms.