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Do more years of schooling and high quality of HIV/AIDS knowledge induce safe sexual behavior in Swaziland

by Shongwe, Nompendulo Ncobile

Abstract

This paper uses DHS sample data on Swaziland to investigate the relationship between education and health by focusing on education level (defined by number of years of schooling) and quality of HIV/AIDS knowledge and their effects on risky sexual behavior. An ordered probit model is used to address the quality of HIV/AIDS knowledge, using a 4 level scale, where knowledge ranges from zero/no knowledge to excellent knowledge. A regular probit model is used to analyze the effect of the quality of HIV/AIDS knowledge on various factors used as a measure of risky sexual behavior. The main findings are that the education level is positively correlated to the quality of HIV/AIDS knowledge. Yet, a higher quality of HIV/AIDS knowledge does not always result in safe sexual behaviors. It does not influence the likelihood of having multiple sexual partners in a statistically significant way, but does increase the likelihood of condom use.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:11106
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
31 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Kapuria-Foreman, Vibha
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
B.A.
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2015-05