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Does HIV/AIDS Related Knowledge Affect Men’s Decision to Have Sexual Encounters with Commercial Sex Workers? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

19 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2010  

Smriti Agarwal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Pedro de Araujo

Colorado College

Jayash Paudel

Colorado College

Date Written: August, 19 2010

Abstract

Using representative samples from populations of 19 sub-Sahara African countries, this paper investigates the effects of different levels of HIV/AIDS knowledge on sexual behavior of males with country specific effects and controls for socioeconomic characteristics and location of residence. The main findings are that HIV/AIDS knowledge increases the likelihood of using condoms with and without commercial sex workers, has no significant effect on the likelihood of paying for sex, and increases both the likelihood of having pre and extra marital sex. These results indicate that increased HIV knowledge on average does not lead to safer sexual behavior of males in sub-Saharan Africa at the macro level.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Sexual Behavior, Average Partial Effects

JEL Classification: C13, C25, O53

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Smriti and de Araujo, Pedro and Paudel, Jayash, Does HIV/AIDS Related Knowledge Affect Men’s Decision to Have Sexual Encounters with Commercial Sex Workers? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa (August, 19 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661531 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1661531

Smriti Agarwal

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Pedro De Araujo (Contact Author)

Colorado College ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

Jayash Paudel

Colorado College ( email )

14 East Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

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