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Women living with HIV: the decision to become pregnant

Mulheres soropositivas ao hiv: a decisão de engravidar
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Teixeira, Selma Villas Boas; Silva, Gabriela Santos; Silva, Claudia Santos; Moura, Maria Aparecida Vasconcelos

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Abstract Objectives: To analyze the perception of HIV positive women regarding the decision to become pregnant; investigate women's knowledge about HIV positive health care in the prevention of vertical transmission. Method: This is a descriptive and exploratory qualitative research. We used a script of questions and the interviews were taped and later transcribed. Results: The study revealed that positive serology for HIV is not a limiting factor for the decision to become pregnant. Although the fear of transmitting the virus is present, it is overcomed by the desire to be a mother and the expectation of having a healthy child. Conclusion: Reproductive decisions of HIV positive women should be valued during the health care assistance so they can make consciously, democratic and emancipatory life decisions.
Keywords woman; AIDS; pregnancy; desire for children; medical care; health care; Brazil
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Medical Sociology
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language Portugese
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 3159-3167
Journal Revista de Pesquisa: Cuidado é Fundamental Online, 5 (2013) 1
ISSN 2175-5361
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence