Perceptions that People Newly Diagnosed with HIV Have on Health

  • Herta de Oliveira Alexandre Federal University of Ceará (UFC)
  • Marli Teresinha Gimeniz Galvão Federal University of Ceará (UFC)
  • Ivana Cristina Vieira de Lima Federal University of Ceará (UFC)
  • Dayse da Silva Guedes Federal University of Ceará (UFC)
  • Samyla Citó Pedrosa Federal University of Ceará (UFC)
  • Gilmara Holanda da Cunha Federal University of Ceará (UFC)
  • Elani Graça Ferreira Cavalcante Federal University of Ceará (UFC)


Introduction: The perception of health is an important tool in promoting the quality of life of newly diagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS, since the understanding of this reality is a decisive factor in the decision making process.

Goal: to evaluate the perception that newly diagnosed people with HIV have on health.

Methodology: exploratory and descriptive research with quantitative and qualitative approach carried out between June and October 2015 in a reference center for treatment of sexually transmitted infections in Fortaleza-CE, Brazil. People living with HIV/AIDS diagnosed in the last 6 months participated in the study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with guiding questions, whose data were analyzed based on the technique of the discourse of the collective subject and absolute and relative frequencies were used for analysis of quantitative data.

Results: There was a predominance of males (83.3%) aged ≥ 39 years (53.3%), homosexual or bisexual (70%), with level of schooling ≥ 8 years (76.7%), users of illicit drugs (16.7%), and consumers of alcohol at a frequency of once a month (50%). Testimonials revealed the following core ideas: 1. Health means to have balance; 2. Health means not being sick; 3. Be healthy despite living with HIV; 4. Changes in lifestyle after diagnosis and 5. Factors that prevent a healthy life.

Conclusion: According to the perception of newly diagnosed people with HIV, health is intrinsically linked to the absence of diseases, regular attendance at follow-up visits, the adherence to antiretroviral therapy and healthy eating. 

Jul 5, 2016
How to Cite
ALEXANDRE, Herta de Oliveira et al. Perceptions that People Newly Diagnosed with HIV Have on Health. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, july 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 may 2021. doi:
Infectious Diseases


Quality of Life; Health Promotion; HIV.