The Center began with a seminar held in October 1991, organized by researches from University of São Paulo. The 500 professionals attending the seminar were interested in reflecting over, studying and reacting to the psychosocial impact caused by AIDS and the ethical and human rights issues involved in the analysis of the epidemic.

In 1993, the Center was officially established at the Institute of Psychology of University of São Paulo. Until 2004, the Center organized several commissions and activities related to research, education and university extension, publishing and prize organization.

NEPAIDS’ projects have always sought to formulate recommendations for public policies and programs in the fields of prevention and care. Many groups have received special attention.

In the field of prevention, we have attempted to describe the everyday life and experiences of youth as regards their sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, including the prevention to not-planned pregnancy and drug use, with health services and care and prevention programs at: public schools, universities, Fundação Casa (a home for institutionalized minors), among junior soccer players, in poor communities. We have also focused on prevention in the everyday life of people living with HIV and among drug users and institutionalized minors at Fundação Casa (men and women, HIV positive or not).

Concerning the adult population, we have given special attention to the following groups: bus and truck drivers, people in prison, black and gay/homosexual communities.

Among children, the experiences and challenges related to the care of HIV positive children and the impact of AIDS orphanhood have been investigated.

In the field of care of people living with HIV/AIDS, we have emphasized the work of multidisciplinary teams and the sexuality and family life of men who have sex with women, women, young people and elderly.

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