XVIII International AIDS Conference

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Modifications in the aesthetic subjectivity of seropositive men who are living in an NGO/hostel of Mexico City

C. Torres Cruz, I. Marín Ortiz, J.A. Granados Cosme

Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Health Atention, Mexico City, Mexico

Background: The aesthetic as theoretical approach, from the last decade has been studied in some scientific disciplines of the social science as the analysis of the sensibility, it search into the sensitive manifestations of the persons about the way they understand life, in that theoretical approach we call all the sensitive manifestations as aesthetic subjectivity, in other words, the aesthetic subjectivity describes the hierarchy of values which people classified their context from the subjectivity. Thus, the objective of this research is to describe the changes in the aesthetic subjectivity of seropositive men living in an NGO/hostel in Mexico City, generated from the process of seroconversion, diagnosis and treatment of the HIV/AIDS.
Methods: The information was gathered by applied participant observation and in-depth interview techniques covering a one year period on 5 seropositive men living in an NGO/hostel in Mexico City. The transcripts of the interviews were processed with Atlas.ti software, the discourse analysis was undertaken by the Grounded Theory methodological approach. The participant observation reports were used to contextualize the collected information from the interviews.
Results: The modifications in the aesthetic subjectivity of the interviewed men were observed in three stages: emotional crisis at diagnosis, revalorization of values concerning to the HIV/AIDS and adaptation to the illness and finally seeking health preservation.
Conclusions: The aesthetic subjectivity at the moment of the diagnosis transforms drastically, it is necessary to understand this transformation to contribute to a positive revaluation and a positive assimilation in regards to the illness, the testimony of the positive people contributes to the elaboration of better strategies to eradicate the stigma against individuals in the early stages of contracting the virus.


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