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CAMARGO, Brigido Vizeu; TORRES, Tatiana de Lucena  and  BIASUS, Felipe. Sexual practices, HIV/Aids knowledge and attitudes about loving relationship and prevention among adults with more than 50 years of the south of Brazil. Liberabit [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.2, pp. 171-180. ISSN 1729-4827.

The objective was to characterize sexual practices, prevention attitudes, loving relationships, and the level of knowledge about HIV/Aids among the people over 50 years old of the south Brazil. Semi-structured interviews, semantic differential scale, and the scientific knowledge test were used. Participated of the study 160 subjects, divided by gender and city. The age average was 60,8 years old (SD= 7.41). The average age where the first sexual relationship occurred was 19 years old (SD= 4.91), with an average of 1.92 sexual relations per week. Regarding the use of condoms, 69.4% reported to be able to use it in every sexual relationship, and about the HIV/Aids knowledge, 62.5% have shown to be well informed. The study verified a strong correlation between knowledge and favorable attitudes towards prevention. It can be concluded that the participants maintain sexual relationships without prevention, but they do not believe that it is a risk behavior. They believe to be protected by marriage, while the young people are vulnerable.

Keywords : AIDS; Awareness; Aged; Prevention; Sexuality.

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