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Economies 2014, 2(2), 124-146; doi:10.3390/economies2020124

Access to Media and HIV Knowledge in India

1 Royal Bank of Scotland, London, UK 2 Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
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Received: 25 October 2013 / Revised: 22 April 2014 / Accepted: 9 June 2014 / Published: 18 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role of Education and Health in Economic Development)
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This paper aims to better understand the relationship between HIV knowledge and media exposure in India. We use a two-stage hurdle model to estimate the effect of media sources such as newspapers, radios and television on AIDS-related knowledge among Indian men and women using demographic health survey data. Overall, access to newspapers, radio, or television increases the likelihood of better HIV knowledge in both males and females by an order between 2% and 12%. These findings, albeit quantitatively small, suggest, even if indirectly, possible problems faced by AIDS campaigns and government programs in combating the HIV epidemic in India.
Keywords: HIV/AIDS; ordered probit; average partial effects; India HIV/AIDS; ordered probit; average partial effects; India
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Agarwal, S.; de Araujo, P. Access to Media and HIV Knowledge in India. Economies 2014, 2, 124-146.

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