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On the Association between HIV Knowledge and Risky Sexual Behavior in India?


Smriti Agarwal


London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Pedro De Araujo


Colorado College

April 11, 2012

Colorado College Working Paper No. 2012-03

Abstract:     
This paper estimates the association between HIV knowledge and risky sexual behavior in India. Using data from the third wave of the national demographic survey, we find that better HIV related knowledge does not always promote safer sexual practices. While, better HIV knowledge increases the likelihood of condom use, it also increases the likelihood of pre-marital sex, and reduces the likelihood of abstinence. These effects are much stronger for males when compared to females. These results also suggest, albeit indirectly, that informational and condom distribution campaigns are not necessarily promoting safer sexual practices in India.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Risky Behavior, India

JEL Classification: C13, C25, O53

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Date posted: May 15, 2012  

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Agarwal, Smriti and de Araujo, Pedro, On the Association between HIV Knowledge and Risky Sexual Behavior in India? (April 11, 2012). Colorado College Working Paper No. 2012-03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2056530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2056530

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Smriti Agarwal
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )
Pedro De Araujo (Contact Author)
Colorado College ( email )
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
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