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RIGONI, Evelise; PEREIRA, Elena O'Donnell da Silva; CARVALHO, Fernanda Torres de  and  PICCININI, Cesar Augusto. Seropositive mothers' feelings concerning the preventive treatment of the baby. PsicoUSF [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.1, pp. 75-83. ISSN 1413-8271.

The infant's treatment, directed to prevention of the mother-to-infant transmission of the HIV/Aids, occurs at a moment when anxiety related to motherhood and seropositivity condition are present. The study goal was to understand the feelings of seropositive mothers concerning the preventive treatment of the baby. Six seropositive mothers were interviewed, aged between 22 and 42 years old. They were selected from healthcare centers. Qualitative content analysis identified four thematic categories related to the feelings of mothers about: the baby's diagnosis, the impossibility of suckle, the infant's health, the preventive treatment of the baby. Maternal feelings of fear and anxiety were present, as well as confidence in a positive outcome of the baby's treatment. The presence of ambivalent feelings suggests the importance of psychological interventions for these mothers.

Keywords : HIV; Aids; Motherhood; Treatment; Mother-to-infant transmission.

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