ABS149 - Family relationships for HIV patients - Board 37b
11:00 AM, Wednesday 30 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Convention Center - 2000 A
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affects not only the lives of those around people with HIV but relatives who live with an HIV-infected people. The diagnosis many times reveals a betrayal by someone in the couple and/or sexual practices, few people tell their families about being infected by HIV. Among those who do, there are criteria to tell and not tell a relative, as studies show this diagnostic causes family changes, as well as changes in their existing relationship. These relationships are sometimes so underrated that the concept of family, the daily living, and the family standards change differently in each case. This essay aimed to reveal the family structures of this demographics. It was carried out in an Infectology Ambulatory in São Paulo/SP, with 16 families. All participants signed the Free and Clear Consent Form and personally answered to questions related to family relationships, sickness history and family relationships with HIV. Results show us the family relationships, as well as the style and attitude of each relative matter when it comes to telling or not about the diagnosis. The secret for part of the family means loyalty among those aware of the situation, and this newly-set family cluster sets its own behavior rules, which are different than the rest of the family. HIV intensified an already poor family bond. Therefore, we believe there are many families in need of greater information about HIV, such as a place to share their fears and concerns with the HIV-infected relative.