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Fertility Responses to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) interventions reduce the cumulative probability of transmission from a HIV positive woman to her child by as much as 40 percentage points. This paper is the first economic analysis of the behavioral effects of PMTCT. I examine fertility responses to the scale-up of PMTCT in Zambia, a country where approximately 15 percent of adults age 15-49 are HIV positive. My results suggest that the local introduction of PMTCT reduced pregnancy rates by up to 20 percent, that the fertility response was greater among women who were more likely to be HIV positive, and that PMTCT substantially increased breastfeeding rates.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Center for Development Economics with number 2011-08.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
Date of revision: Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:wil:wilcde:2011-08
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