The Impact of HIV Status and Perceived Status on Fertility Desires in Rural Malawi

  title={The Impact of HIV Status and Perceived Status on Fertility Desires in Rural Malawi},
  author={Sara E. Yeatman},
  journal={AIDS and Behavior},
Surprisingly little is known about how or if knowledge of one’s HIV status influences the desire to have children in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper takes advantage of a unique situation in rural Malawi where no one knew their HIV status prior to testing being introduced as part of an ongoing panel study. Using a sample of men and women (n = 1,380) who were interviewed in 2001 and 2006, we examine how HIV positive and negative test results impact respondents’ desires to continue childbearing. We… CONTINUE READING

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