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HIV testing, behavior change, and the transition to adulthood in Malawi, Volume 1
Author:Beegle, Kathleen; Poulin, Michelle; Shapira, Gil; Collection Title:Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 124Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6825
Country:Malawi; Date Stored:2014/03/31
Document Date:2014/03/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Population & Development; Gender and Health; Disease Control & Prevention; Population Policies; Adolescent HealthLanguage:English
Major Sector:Health and other social servicesRel. Proj ID:MW-Marriage Transitions And Hiv/Aids In Malawi -- -- P105110;
Region:AfricaReport Number:WPS6825
Volume No:1  

Summary: For young adults living in countries with AIDS epidemics, getting an HIV test may influence near-term decisions, such as when to leave school, when to marry, and when to have a first child. These behaviors, which define the transition from adolescence to adulthood, have long-term implications on well-being and directly affect a person's risk of contracting HIV. Using an experimental design embedded in a panel survey from Malawi, this study assesses the impact of voluntary counseling and testing of young adults for HIV on these decisions. The results show negligible intent-to-treat effect of HIV testing on behaviors. There is some suggestive evidence on differential response by wealth and by prior beliefs about one's status.

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