Wealth, Wealth Indices and HIV Risk in East Africa

Bingenheimer, Jeffrey B.
June 2007
International Family Planning Perspectives;Jun2007, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p83
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which found a positive correlation between wealth and risk of HIV infection in Kenya and Tanzania. It is noted that the measure of wealth used, the Demographic and Health Survey Wealth Index, does not correlate with traditional forms of wealth such as ownership of land and livestock, but only measures the extent of participation in a modern, cash-based economy. This is said to complicate the question of whether wealth can be said to correlate with increased risk of HIV infection, as it can be argued that it is not wealth as such, but modernization which increases the risk.


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