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HIV testing, behavior change, and the transition to adulthood in Malawi

Kathleen Beegle, Michelle Poulin and Gil Shapira ()

No 6825, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: For young adults living in countries with AIDS epidemics, getting an HIV test may influence near-term decisions, such as when to leave school, when to marry, and when to have a first child. These behaviors, which define the transition from adolescence to adulthood, have long-term implications on well-being and directly affect a person's risk of contracting HIV. Using an experimental design embedded in a panel survey from Malawi, this study assesses the impact of voluntary counseling and testing of young adults for HIV on these decisions. The results show negligible intent-to-treat effect of HIV testing on behaviors. There is some suggestive evidence on differential response by wealth and by prior beliefs about one's status.

Keywords: Population Policies; Adolescent Health; Disease Control&Prevention; Gender and Health; Population&Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-03-01
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