Formal Education Helping to Address HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, Researchers Say
March 24, 2009
Formal education is helping to curb the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa after having opposite effects during the early stages of the pandemic, according to a study by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and published recently in the UNESCO journal Prospects, UPI/RedOrbit reports. During the early stages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, researchers found that men with higher levels of education were more likely to contract the disease (UPI/RedOrbit, 3/23). According to the researchers, moderate education provided young men with more leisure time and increased access to commercial sex workers (InTheNews.co.uk, 3/23). Lead author David Baker said that HIV-positive, "higher-status males then spread the infection to both educated and uneducated women, which moved the disease into the general population" (UPI/RedOrbit, 3/23).
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