Open Access Research Article Article ID: GJCV-3-104

    The cosmic vision of young Catholics on the sexuality interface and prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus

    Pablo Luiz Santos Couto, Mirian Santos Paiva, Antônio Marcos Tosoli Gomes, Rafael Moura Pecley Wolter, Marizete Argolo Teixeira, Carle Porcino and e Samantha Souza da Costa Pereira

    Objective: To analyze the meanings attributed by young Catholics on the interface prevention to HIV and sexuality from the perspective of social representations. 

    Methods: It is a qualitative study that used the Theory of Social Representations as a theoretical contribution for analysis and discussion, carried out with 84 practicing young Catholics, who responded to the inducing stimuli of the Free Speech Evocation Test and an open question for the interview in depth. The data were collected online, on facebook, with young participants of the World Youth Day. It was used for the analysis: Correspondence Factor and Lexical Content with the aid of softwares.

    Results: On sexuality, so many women with higher levels of schooling as men, represented that sex should be performed freely without prejudice and guilt, but should be done with protection with the use of condoms. However, those with lower levels of education, with a basic (incomplete and basic) level, reaffirm in their representational worldview matrimony, chastity and virginity as hegemonic forms of HIV prevention. 

    Conclusion: Both Catholic dogmas and scientific knowledge are responsible for conforming the consensuses in the social representations of young Catholics about sexuality, with a focus on HIV Prevention.


    Published on: Nov 29, 2018 Pages: 1-5

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/gjcv.000004
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