Risky sex in a Risky World: Sexual Behavior in a HIV/AIDS Environment
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 114, no 2, 296-322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In spite of increased awareness of HIV/AIDS, 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, for individuals with limited access to HIV treatment, uncertainty of future health may be an important factor driving unsafe sex practices. The results support the empirical finding of a weak link between sexual behavior, HIV frequency, and HIV knowledge in poor countries; therefore suggesting that AIDS policy needs to be calibrated in order to fit within different social contexts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Publishing , 2012. Vol. 114, no 2, 296-322 p.
Uncertainty, risk aversion, health risk
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34111DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2011.01684.xISI: 000304089400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-34111DiVA: diva2:318932