Parents’ understanding of children’s exposure to the risks of STD/AIDS


  • Marília Lima de Holanda
  • Maria de Fátima Antero Sousa Machado
  • Neiva Francenely Cunha Vieira
  • Maria Grasiela Teixeira Barroso


adolescent, sexually transmitted diseases, parent-chid relationship, health promotion, AIDS.


A Dialogue between parents and children as a way to advise, prevent and educate them about sex is a great method to reduce the incidence of STD/AIDS. The aim of this descriptive and exploratory research is to investigate parent’s understanding towards the risk their adolescents run of getting a STD/AIDS infection. It took place in a public school in Fortaleza-Ceará-Brazil and the data was collected from the teenagers’ parents through questionnaires. The results showed that the parents knew a little about STD/AIDS; however they didn’t feel comfortable discussing sexual concerns with their children. In conclusion, women are the great responsible for the sexual education of their children and still don’t face STD/AIDS as a problem, what results in lack of dialogue about sex/sexuality between parents and children.




How to Cite

Holanda, M. L. de, Machado, M. de F. A. S., Vieira, N. F. C., & Barroso, M. G. T. (2006). Parents’ understanding of children’s exposure to the risks of STD/AIDS. Rev Rene, 7(1). Retrieved from



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