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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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GALVAO, Marli Teresinha Gimeniz  and  MARCONDES-MACHADO, Jussara. Use of a condom in sex relations by HIV carriers. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2001, vol.34, n.2, pp.181-186. ISSN 1678-9849.

The frequency with which condoms are used in sex relations by subjects with HIV was determined by interviewing 132 individuals, 82 men and 50 women, most of them from São Paulo state and some from other regions of the country, all of them seen at an outpatient clinic of the School of Medicine in Botucatu. The women were younger, were of lower educational level and had poorer professional qualification than men. Also, a greater proportion of women were widowed, separated or divorced. We observed that 43.9% of men and 72% of women had been contaminated by the sexual route, but only 41.2% of the men and 31.8% of the women reported the use of a condom after the diagnosis of infection, with most men and women preferring sexual abstinence. The results enable the conclusion that there is still a need to continue to provide information about the use of condoms and to guarantee their free-of-charge distribution due to the low levels of education and professional qualification of the individuals studied. The data also suggest that campaigns for the dissemination of preventive measures should consider the social and cultural differences of infected women.

Keywords : Sexual behavior; Condom; Sexual relations; HIV/AIDS.

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