Vera Paiva // Facing (Political) Backlash: Using School-based Intervention Studies to Promote Young Brazilians’ Health & Rights

Friday, March 3, 2017

Brazil has been internationally recognized for its successful response to HIV/AIDS. Its rights-based approach included a broad prevention program focused on condom use, universal access to testing and subsequent care and treatment to all Brazilians since the early 1990s. Now, unexpectedly, Brazil has an emblematic case of backlash. National and international challenges evoke a broader reflection about how to develop and sustain responses to HIV driven by community needs and guaranteed through state responsibility. This presentation described key elements of the historical response to HIV/AIDS, and more recent sociopolitical shifts—including the promotion of sexuality education in schools. Vera Paiva, professor of social psychology at University of São Paulo, presented results of an intervention study in six cities that tested the acceptability and effects of a multicultural human rights approach.

Vera PaivaVera Paiva

Professor of Social Psychology
University of São Paulo


This talk was part of the 2016-2017 USC Global Health Lecture Series and is co-hosted by the USC Institute for Global Health and Program on Global Health & Human Rights.


Photo: “School children in Brazil.” by Eraldo Peres/Photo Agencia