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Risky Sex in a Risky World: Sexual behavior in a HIV/AIDS environment

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  • Mannberg, Andrea

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In spite of increased awareness of HIV/AIDS and the lack of retroviral drugs, unprotected casual sex is still widespread in many HIV infected countries. In this paper, a two-period model for sexual decisions under uncertainty is developed. The results suggest that uncertainty of future health may be an important factor driving unsafe sex practices in countries in which access to HIV drugs is limited. Furthermore, the more efficient HIV treatment becomes, the more important will health related interventions become. The results support the empirical finding of a weak link between sexual behavior, HIV frequency and HIV knowledge in poor countries, and suggest that AIDS policy needs to be calibrated to fit within different social contexts.

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  • Mannberg, Andrea, 2009. "Risky Sex in a Risky World: Sexual behavior in a HIV/AIDS environment," Umeå Economic Studies 765, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0765
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    HIV/AIDS; sexual behavior; uncertainty; risk aversion; health risk;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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