Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
GRANADOS-COSME, José Arturo; NASAIYA, Kittipong and BRAMBILA, Alberto Torres. Social actors in HIV/AIDS prevention: opposition and interests in educational policy in Mexico, 1994-2000. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.3, pp. 535-544. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007000300012.
Studies and recommendations by health agencies have emphasized the importance of education in HIV-AIDS prevention. Mexico has included topics on sexuality and HIV-AIDS in school programs, triggering resistance by some social actors. The current study seeks to clarify the various positions and interests and their influence on the textbook content. A literature search was conducted on the period during which the last educational reform was implemented in Mexico. The discourse analysis focused on the ethnography of communication, which identified: the various actors' positions, arguments, actions, economic and political power, and relations to others. The results show that those who oppose the inclusion of these themes in the school curriculum base their position on tradition, contrary to modernization and secularization of social life, and that their positions range from refusal to raising conditions. Networks have been formed that provide such groups with significant economic and political power. Government has given in to some demands by partially modifying the textbook contents. The current analysis proposes to reflect on the potential repercussions of such actions on the control of the epidemic.
Keywords : HIV; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Health Education; Public Policies.