MNCPMember of the National Council of Psychotherapists
MNCPMama Ntombi's Community Projects
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After the MNCP leadership was made aware of the study, in June 2014, the first author of the paper (LC) started to observe the core activities in Rio de Janeiro, at the headquarters of an NGO.
Based on the indications of a network leadership and research participants, as well as defined criteria (over 18 years of age, with at least two years of diagnosis and with participation in the MNCP), ten women were invited to participate in the interview, and eight accepted, of which two were founding members of the movement.
Faced with the non-reception by the health service and the fear of the discovery of HIV-positive status, respondents sought support from family members (partners, mothers, grandmothers, sisters), religious organizations and the social movement of PLWHA (not necessarily the MNCP).
It should be noted that the dilemmas and fears of the disclosure of diagnosis were not addressed in the observed conversation groups of the MNCP. According to the respondents, there is no stimulus or action by the movement focused on coping with the HIV stigma.
The permanence in the MNCP was defined by the secure bond and by the meanings assigned to the space.
Despite the varying types of involvement of the respondents with the MNCP, interaction with other female PLWHAs intensifies the exchange of experience and the establishment of a social support network.