Campus Units

Community and Regional Planning

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Journal or Book Title

Journal of African Development

Volume

12

Issue

2

First Page

33

Last Page

46

Abstract

This paper examines whether marriage increases the risk of HIV infection among women aged 15-24 in Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. We fi nd that in all the three countries, the risk of infection is signifi cantly lower for never-married young women than ever-married young women; however, the difference in risk disappears when we control for age, educational attainment, household wealth, and area of residence. Thus, our result highlights the importance of socio-economic and demographic factors in analyzing the link between marital status and HIV risk among young women. Particularly, our fi ndings show that age and education play a crucial role in determining the level of HIV/AIDS risk for young women. The result also implies that marriage as an institution does not necessarily elevate the risk of HIV infection among young women.

Comments

This article is from Journal of African Development, 2010 12(2); 33-46. Posted with permission.

Language

en

File Format

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