Behold, a Virgin is with HIV!: Misreporting Sexual Behaviour Among Infected Adolescents
AbstractIn four Southern African countries where the HIV prevalence rate is among the highest in the world, 46% of female and 68% of male adolescents infected with HIV report having never engaged in sex. This finding indicates either the dominance of non-sexual modes of HIV transmission or systematic misreporting of sexual behavior in these countries. We use a structural model to estimate the extent of misreporting and find that the true percentages of virgins among the HIV infected adolescent females and males are 23% and 62% respectively. Despite misreporting, sexual modes are not the dominant mode of HIV transmission.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University in its series Working Papers with number 2011-8.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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misclassification; premarital sex; HIV transmission mode; partial observability; sub Saharan Africa;
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