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PEREIRA, Maria Helena Guerra Gomes  and  COSTA, Liana Fortunato. Saint sinner or execrated saint?: Self care in women with HIV. PsicoUSF [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.1, pp. 103-110. ISSN 1413-8271.

This research was developed with HIV positive women, members of a NGO, in the Federal District, and its aim was to acknowledge their process of adhering to self-care. Its specific aims were to investigate the relation between self-care, self-esteem and self-image of these women, how the concept of self-care was related with their lives, their partners and their families. The main issue was the construction of meanings for self-care by these women. The instrument used was the focal-group interview. The "sense-zones" construed through the aualitative investigation method were: stories of abandonment; I'll look after myself only for the sake of someone else…; undermining themselves in their relationship! and professionals as a means for bridging them or not into social inclusion. The results showed that the subjectivity of these women remain without alternative, therefore linked with the identity of "sinner" for being HIV positive and of "saint" for suffering apart, so that the others will not be contaminated.

Keywords : Subjectivity; HIV/AIDS; Self-care; Exclusion.

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