Educational Attainment and HIV Outcomes in India
A large number of men and women in India are not receiving adequate education about the risks of HIV and AIDS and the benefits of testing. This study finds that educational attainment has a strong positive association with HIV testing and knowledge of AIDS in India. The association between educational attainment and knowledge of AIDS is larger than the association between attainment and HIV testing. The relationship between educational attainment and both HIV outcomes is also found to be larger for women than men. Policymakers must focus on improving the quality of education on HIV and AIDS, particularly for poor, rural women. Media campaigns can also be utilized to spread awareness of HIV and AIDS, and mobile clinic outreach facilities can be used to improve access to testing.
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