Multiple effects of education on disease: The intriguing case of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

William Smith, Daniel Salinas, David P. Baker

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Impact of HIV/Aids on Education Worldwide
EditorsAlexander Wiseman, Ryan Glover
Number of pages26
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
ISSN (Print)1479-3679

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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