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Multiple Effects of Education on Disease: The Intriguing Case of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Education Worldwide

ISBN: 978-1-78190-232-5, eISBN: 978-1-78190-233-2

ISSN: 1479-3679

Publication date: 14 November 2012


Understanding of the effects of formal education on HIV/AIDS infection in South Saharan Africa (SSA) has been a complex task because consecutive waves of research offer different, seemingly contradictory results and explanations of what exactly are the schooling effects on HIV/AIDS and the causal mechanisms driving those effects. This chapter concentrates on the narrative and implications of the key substantive findings from a multidisciplinary scientific team that was formed to explore the precise nature of the relationship between population education and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in SSA and to determine the main causal mechanisms behind the association. As members of this team, this chapter reviews and synthesizes our technical demographic, epidemiological, and health research. This, and other relevant research, suggests that, like in other cases of education and health risk, because of a historical change in the public health and information environment during the pandemic there was a shift in which outcomes of education dominated individual's sexual and disease prevention behavior. The SSA HIV/AIDS case is thoroughly examined, and then used to bridge to a general discussion of the effects of educational development on population health.


Smith, W., Salinas, D. and Baker, D.P. (2012), "Multiple Effects of Education on Disease: The Intriguing Case of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa", Wiseman, A.W. and Glover, R.N. (Ed.) The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Education Worldwide (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 79-104.



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