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Impacts of an HIV counseling and testing initiative -- results from an experimental intervention in a large firm in South Africa

Yutaka Arimoto, Hori Narumi, Ito Seiro, Kudo Yuya and Tsukada Kazunari

No 597, IDE Discussion Papers from Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

Abstract: We have run experimental interventions to promote HIV tests in a large firm in South Africa. We combined HIV tests with existing medical check programs to increase the uptake. In the foregoing survey we undertook previously, it was suggested that fears and stigma of HIV/AIDS were the primary reasons given by the employees for not taking the test. To counter these, we implemented randomized interventions. We find substantial heterogeneity in responses by ethnicity. Africans and Colored rejected the tests most often. Supportive information increased the uptake by 6 to 16% points. A tradeoff in targeting resulting in stigmatizing the targeted and a reduction of exclusion error is discussed.

Keywords: Diseases; Public health; Labor conditions; HIV; Stigma; RCT; Testing; Corporate setting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I19 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-exp and nep-hea
Date: 2016-04-01
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