Women with HIV: gender violence and suicidal ideation

Authors

  • Roger Flores Ceccon Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Escola de Enfermagem
  • Stela Nazareth Meneghel Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Escola de Enfermagem
  • Vania Naomi Hirakata Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2014048005228

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To analyze the relationship between gender violence and suicidal ideation in women with HIV. METHODS A cross-sectional study with 161 users of specialized HIV/AIDS care services. The study investigated the presence of gender violence through the Brazilian version of the World Health Organization Violence against Women instrument, and suicidal ideation through the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire. Statistical analyses were performed with the SPSS software, using the Chi-square test and Poisson multiple regression model. RESULTS Eighty-two women with HIV reported suicidal ideation (50.0%), 78 (95.0%) of who had suffered gender violence. Age at first sexual intercourse < 15 years old, high number of children, poverty, living with HIV for long, and presence of violence were statistically associated with suicidal ideation. Women who suffered gender violence showed 5.7 times more risk of manifesting suicidal ideation. CONCLUSIONS Women with HIV showed a high prevalence to gender violence and suicidal ideation. Understanding the relationship between these two grievances may contribute to the comprehensive care of these women and implementation of actions to prevent violence and suicide.

Published

2014-10-01

How to Cite

Ceccon, R. F., Meneghel, S. N., & Hirakata, V. N. (2014). Women with HIV: gender violence and suicidal ideation . Revista De Saúde Pública, 48(5), 758-765. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2014048005228

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Original Articles