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[PrEP Forum: an on-line debate on pre-exposure prophylaxis in Brazil].

[PrEP Forum: an on-line debate on pre-exposure prophylaxis in Brazil].
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Queiroz AAFLN, Sousa AFL,


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Queiroz AAFLN, Sousa AFL,

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Cadernos de saude publica 2017 11 2133(11) e00112516 pii 10.1590/0102-311X00112516

Abstract

This study aimed to identify health-promoting contents focused on HIV/Aids prevention in messages posted in a Facebook group for debates on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This was a prospective observational study using systematic non-participant observation. From July 2015 to June 2016, all the posts in the group were catalogued and formed a corpus. Everything was processed in IRaMuTeQ and analyzed by descending hierarchical classification. The collected data were grouped in three classes: (1) HIV/Aids prevention: discussing prophylaxis, treatment, target public, and side effects; (2) universal access to PrEP in Brazil: discussing government responsibilities; (3) on-line purchase of truvada: exposing a situation of vulnerability. The findings call attention to a potential public health problem and provide backing for understanding facilitators and barriers to the use of PrEP in Brazil through the identification of health-promoting content linked to individual, social, and institutional markers.

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