Extra-marital sexual partnerships and male friendships in rural Malawi
AbstractExtra-marital sexual partnerships (EMSPs) are a major route of HIV/AIDS transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. In this paper, we investigate the roles of two types of male friendships - best friends and friends with whom they talk about AIDS - in determining whether men have EMSPs. Using data from men in rural Malawi, we find that menâ€™s current extra-marital sexual behavior is most closely correlated with their best friendsâ€™, but that the behaviors of both types of friends are associated with menâ€™s subsequent EMSPs. These findings suggest that menâ€™s friendships could be used to help combat the AIDS epidemic.
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Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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AIDS/HIV; extramarital; Malawi; sex; social network;
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- J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
- Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General
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