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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Risky Sexual Behavior and Abortion

Marshall H. Medoff


Problem statement: incidence of abortion in the United States has steadily declined since 1990. The question is why? Approach: This study, using multiple linear regression, examines whether women’s unprotected sexual activity is deterred by the risk of contracting AIDS as reflected in decreased abortion rates. Results: The empirical evidence consistently finds that the prevalence of AIDS reduces the risky (unprotected) sexual activity of women of childbearing ages 15-44 as reflected in their abortion rates. The empirical results remain robust for the abortion rates of teens ages 15-17 and for teens ages 15-19. Conclusion: The empirical results suggest that the behavioral modification induced by the prevalence of AIDS accounted for 21% of the decrease in abortion rates over the time period 1992-2005.

Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 8 No. 2, 2012, 223-229


Submitted On: 22 February 2012 Published On: 28 February 2012

How to Cite: Medoff, M. H. (2012). Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Risky Sexual Behavior and Abortion. Journal of Social Sciences, 8(2), 223-229.

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  • AIDS
  • abortion
  • sexual behavior