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The dollars and sense of economic incentives to modify HIV‐related behaviours

Zullo, Andrew R ; Caine, Katherine ; Galárraga, Omar

Journal of the International AIDS Society, January 2015, Vol.18(1), pp.n/a-n/a [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The dollars and sense of economic incentives to modify HIV‐related behaviours
  • Author: Zullo, Andrew R ; Caine, Katherine ; Galárraga, Omar
  • Subjects: Public Health
  • Is Part Of: Journal of the International AIDS Society, January 2015, Vol.18(1), pp.n/a-n/a
  • Description: In 2012 alone, there were 2.3 million new HIV infections globally, of which 1.9 million were in countries marked by poverty [1]. Even in the affluent United States, approximately 56,000 individuals have been newly infected each year since 2006, with vulnerable groups like sexual and ethnic minorities disproportionately at risk [2]. The burden of HIV/AIDS in disadvantaged populations underscores the structural and economic factors that may serve as intervention targets for changing behaviour to prevent or treat HIV. Literature has suggested that both affluence and poverty can be associated with increased risk of HIV infection, but there are documented, vulnerable subsets of the population for whom poverty induces more HIV risk behaviours [3–5]. The field of behavioural economics provides a theoretical framework to understand (1) the conditions under which risky decisions are amenable to intervention and (2) how to capitalize on potential intervention targets [6, 7].
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1758-2652 ; E-ISSN: 1758-2652 ; DOI: 10.7448/IAS.18.1.20724

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