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FERNANDES, João Claudio L.. Conceptual aspects of educational practices for HIV/AIDS prevention. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1994, vol.10, n.2, pp. 171-180. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1994000200004.

The importance and complexity of educational work related to HIV prevention demand a continuing discussion of its contents. Regarding the ideologic features, it must be assumed that, with the AIDS epidemic, medical science reaches a dimension of the life relatively preserved from its previous hegemonic position: sexual behavior. In this field, a coercive attitude on the part of health professionals may lead to negative reactions. To avoid this, individual and community participation and self-responsibility are central tools for the improvement of the efficacy of education practices. The author proposes three components that educational planners should consider: information and its effects on knowledge, attitudes, and perception related to HIV infection; response facilitation; and support for individual and collective reflection.

Keywords : Health Education; AIDS; HIV; Prevention.

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