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Bought condoms is an indicator if any condoms were

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Unformatted text preview: number of condoms’’ is the total number of condoms purchased from interviewers; “reported buying condoms” and “reported having sex” were asked at the follow-up interview in 2005 and refer to the previous two months since the VCT was available. *** Significantly different from zero at 99 percent confidence level. ** Significantly different from zero at 95 percent confidence level. * Significantly different from zero at 90 percent confidence level. intercourse after receiving an HIV-positive diagnosis. There was no significant effect of learning HIV-negative results on the purchase of condoms or on the likelihood of having sex two months after learning HIV-negative results. IV. Robustness and Discussion A. credibility of Results An important consideration is whether respondents believed the diagnoses they received at the VCT centers were credible. If not, there would be little reason that receiving an HIV diagnosis should affect condom purchases. A comparison of respondents’ belief of their likelihood of infection before and after learning results suggests that individuals updated their prior beliefs based on receiving HIV-negative test results. Before being tested, 43 percent of HIV-negative respondents thought there was a likelihood they were infected (Table 10, panel A, column 1). During the follow-up survey, respondents were again asked their beliefs about being infected. Among the HIV-negatives who had not received their test results, 50 percent believed that there was a likelihood of being infected. In contrast only 12 percent of the HIV-negatives who did learn their results thought that there was a likelihood of infection (Table 10, panel A, columns 2 and 3). Receiving an HIV-negative diagnosis significantly reduced the likelihood of believing there was a chance of being infected by 39 percentage points. THORNTON: THE DEMAND fOR, AND IMpAcT Of, LEARNING HIV STATUS VOL. 98 NO. 5 1855 Table 10—Average Belief of Likelihood of Infection before and after V...
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