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Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy

versión On-line ISSN 1668-8104


CANDREVA, A.; SUSACASA, S.  y  SUSACASA, J.M.. Creation of educational spaces as meansof aids prevention. Cuad. Fac. Humanid. Cienc. Soc., Univ. Nac. Jujuy [online]. 2004, n.22, pp.227-240. ISSN 1668-8104.

The objective of this paper is to present some reflections and to attempt to create an appreciation for an approach towards aids prevention involving the UNLP program Creation of Educational Spaces as Meansof AIDS Prevention. The general objetive to implement a health-oriented education program promoting preventive measures aimed at improving the quality of life in the community. The specific objetives: a) To design educational activities capable of promoting general aids-prevention attitudes within the community. b) The formation of interdisciplinary teams for creating aids-educational strategies. c) To utilize non conventional means in order to bring to the entire community the information necessary to promote aids-prevention attitudes. d) To spread the program through the activities of the University extension. The implementation of this program presupposes the incorporation of an interlinkage between the following areas: a) Investigation, b) Centralization of relevant information and its subsequent diffusion, c) Education-directed activities, d) Education technology. Conclusions: The data from ours incipient studies would indicate that aids-prevention steps, when merely maintained as items of information, and even those communicated to the public, constitute an insufficient preventive measure, given the complexity of the issue. Therefore, effective campaigns must be designed and evaluated from a scientific point of view: that is, subjecting to a systematic scrutiny all the constituent variables; including those emotional parameters, such as desires, fears, and denials; and the assessing how these factors might promote the onset of non preventive behavior, even in the face of high levels of aids-related information (1995). For example, in some instances we have been able to develop and the evaluate our own proposals, but at other times we have not had the benefit of knowing that our approaches were valid. Our work has been constantly set back by difficulties, these stemming not only from a lack of resources but also from an attrition of personnel, a refractoriness or denial by influential individuals, and even an outright disqualification by authorities, with all of these counter productive influences being at least more readily explicable in a project, such as ours, that displays a cyclic continuity. Despite these impediments, we insist on reaffirming certain valid conclusions: higher levels of aids-related information are in no way sufficient to instill the appropriate aids-avoidance and prevention behavior, not even for the educational and medical teams. In the University since the year 1990 (when the UNESCO first supported our program) there has unfolded an interesting process in the area of extension, but now, present necessities would demand that we be capable of moving much further in those directions.

Palabras clave : Aids; Prevention; Education.

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