Dadiva e batalha: narrativas de voluntarios a um ensaio de vacina anti-HIV
The main objective in this qualitative study was to investigate through narratives
the simbolic and imaginarian constructions of volunteers willing to participate in HIV
The database of Projeto Praça Onze, a HIV seroincidence study for a future vaccine
trial, that took place in Rio de Janeiro from 1995 and 1998 was used. The Praça Onze was
located in downtown of Rio de Janeiro at the Hospital Escola São Francisco de Assis, an
university hospital of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The target population of
this project consisted of men who had sex with men.
The methodology used in the research was the oral history interview, which
emphasizes the speech as an important and revealing resource not only of subjectivity but
also of the world visions inserted in their historic, social, economic and cultural conditions.
The analysis and interpretation of the data shall be built from the theoretical issues of the
analysis recommended by Carlo Ginzburg (1995).
The interviews indicated that AIDS continues to be a serious issue for MSM and the
willingness to participate in a vaccine trial in this population is determined by many
motivations. In a first moment, the volunteers join the project because they need to know
their serological status following an unsafe sexual activity. After a negative anti-HIV test
result, this motivation changes. That may be either altruistic and prestigious or even a
certain “battle myth” against the HIV. The commitment of the homosexual individuals in
this battle against the AIDS epidemic is remarkable, which is motivated by the impact
suffered by this particular group. In many of the reports was identified a feeling of
solidarity and honor to friends living with the disease, or who have died of it.
Key words: AIDS, homosexuality, volunteer, vaccine and solidarity.
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Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:vacinas contra aids homossexualidade masculina comportamento sexual rio de janeiro rj
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