Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
BESERRA, Eveline Pinheiro et al. Freire's pedagogy as a method to prevent diseases. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, suppl.1, pp.1563-1570. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000700092.
The actions of health promotion directed to adolescents must consider sexual and reproductive health, taking into account doubts on the approached theme. It is a qualitative research which aims to investigate sexuality in male adolescents with the implementation of the circle of culture as an educative action in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. It was carried out in a public school in Fortaleza, Ceará State, with 10 boys aged from 14 to 16 years old in the period between August and November, 2007. It was adopted the circle of culture, Freire's dialogical pedagogy, as methodological route. It was observed that boys associate sex to sexuality predominantly and that they have little comprehension of the vulnerabilities which they are exposed to in an unprotected sexual intercourse, once they demonstrated they were incentivated precociously to begin their sexual life, many times without previous reflection on the possible consequences. It was evinced the necessity of educative actions, such as the circle of culture, which offer youngsters the opportunity to show their doubts and to know means to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. It also makes them able to rethink behaviors with the objective of reaching a better life quality in their sexuality.
Keywords : Health education; Adolescence; Sexually transmitted diseases.