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Risk behavior on HIV transmission in independent elderly people

Objective:  The objective was to know the risk behavior of independent elderly people in DST / HIV / AIDS prevention.

Method: Exploratory study with quantitative data approach. Sample was composed of 24 independent elderly people without diagnosis. An elaborate semi-structured interview script was used. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, using chi-square and Pearson correlation coefficient. Results: We found 87% female, age group between 60-69 years (62%) and marital status widow (43%).Of the sample, 87% reported knowing the means of transmission of the virus, 79% reported not using condoms and all had some sexual intercourse without the use of condoms.The analysis between the dependent variable “knows how to transmit HIV” and independent “condom use” showed statistical significance (p = 0.014).

Conclusion: It can be inferred that there was a high risk behavior for HIV / AIDS virus acquisition in this sample, since they did not use condoms in their sexual practices, even if they had knowledge about the forms of virus transmission.

Descriptors: Aging. Risk groups. HIV. Elderly.

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