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A Lifetime Portfolio of Risky and Risk-Free Sexual Behaviour and the Prevalence of AIDS

Amnon Levy

Economics Working Papers from School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Abstract: A lifetime portfolio of risky and risk-free sexual activities is conceptually constructed in this paper. People's time allocation between risky and risk-free sexual activities affects, and is affected by, the prevalence of AIDS. A small satisfaction differential between risky sex and risk-free sex can lead to a significant prevalence of AIDS. Numerical simulations suggest that the reduction in the prevalence of AIDS generated by a one percent improvement in the sensual quality of freely distributed condoms can be 0.855 percent when the initial satisfaction differential between risky sex and risk-free sex is 50 percent, or 0.464 percent when the initial satisfaction differential is 100 percent.

Keywords: TECHNOLOGY; PRICING; ECONOMIC MODELS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 I19 J17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2000
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