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RIBEIRO, Fernando Bessa  and  SACRAMENTO, Octávio. Screening for HIV/AIDS: public health and motivations of quick test users in Northeast Portugal. Saude soc. [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.2, pp.510-522. ISSN 0104-1290.

The article examines the adherence of citizens to the quick test for HIV in the Counseling and Early Detection of HIV/AIDS Center (CAD), in the city of Bragança (Northeast Portugal). Specifically, it seeks to examine the role of a fast diagnosis in the fight against AIDS within the Portuguese public health system, to understand the circumstances underlying the demand for the service and to interpret the perceptions and practices of CAD users. In terms of methodology, it was a case study based on ethnographic inquiry, linking direct observation, informal conversations and interviews, which was associated with extensive documental and statistic research. The results obtained allow us to state that the quick test gave a very positive contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS infection, facilitating citizen access to knowledge of their serological status almost instantly and improving their follow-up by health technicians. The so-called “dissipation of uncertainty”, following sexual risk behavior, is the main reason that leads users to perform a quick test.

Keywords : Sexual Risk Behaviors; HIV/Aids; Information; Anonymity; Quick Test.

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