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Abstract

MARQUES JUNIOR, Joilson Santana; GOMES, Romeu  and  NASCIMENTO, Elaine Ferreira do. Hegemonic masculinity, vulnerability and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 511-520. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000200024.

The study aims to examine the relationship between masculinity, vulnerability and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, based on reports from young men from the so-called urban working classes, taking into account not only the meanings attributed to prevention by these subjects, but also considering the dialectical relationship between the individual and society. The conceptual framework encompasses the three main aspects of hegemonic masculinity, prevention and vulnerability. This involves qualitative research based on the perspective of dialectical hermeneutics that uses the method of interpretation of meanings. The analysis yielded two main results, namely hegemonic masculinity as a vulnerability factor, and myths and prejudices as factors of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. By way of conclusion, it reinforces the need for discussion of prevention encompassing the need to put on the agenda the construction of the sex/gender system around which to articulate the social meanings of masculinity and femininity that influence the structural plan of affective sexual relations in general and HIV/AIDS in particular.

Keywords : Masculinity; Vulnerability; Prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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