Adolescent with Human Immunodeficiency Virus - understanding family beliefs and values


  • Patrícia Neyva da Costa Pinheiro
  • Clarice Mendes de Freitas
  • Ligia Fernandes Scopacasa
  • Kelanne Lima da Silva
  • Fabiane do Amaral Gubert
  • Izaildo Tavares Luna



Adolescent, HIV, Culture, Family.


Objective: to understand how the beliefs and values of the families of HIV-positive adolescents for Human Immunodeficiency Virus influence family dynamics. Methods: this is a qualitative research with seven family members of adolescents with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, developed in a hospital of reference in infectious diseases. A semi-structured interview was used to collect information. Qualitative research assumptions were applied and the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research protocol was used for organization and analysis. Results: the family members reported that the adolescents are not perceived as susceptible to infection by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus; they considered AIDS to be a serious disease surrounded by discrimination and prejudice; they identify benefits as guidelines for health and family support. The barriers were difficulty adhering to treatment, teenage pregnancy, “disobedience” and family disharmony. Conclusion: beliefs and values interfere in the way of thinking, acting and caring for the HIV positive adolescent to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.




How to Cite

Pinheiro, P. N. da C., Freitas, C. M. de, Scopacasa, L. F., Silva, K. L. da, Gubert, F. do A., & Luna, I. T. (2017). Adolescent with Human Immunodeficiency Virus - understanding family beliefs and values. Rev Rene, 18(4), 507–514.



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