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Harvard: More Secondary Schooling Reduces HIV Risk

Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection — especially for girls — and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers found that, for each additional year of secondary school, students lowered their risk of HIV infection by 8 percentage points about a decade later, from 25 percent to about 17 percent infected.

“These findings confirm what has been fiercely debated for more than two decades—that secondary schooling is an important structural determinant of HIV infection and that this relation is causal,” said Ms. Jan-Walter De Neve, first author of the study and a doctoral student in the department of global health and population.

The study appeared online June 28, 2015 in The Lancet Global Health. Read more