Study finds price for reducing HIV risk

Street Scene, Mexico City

Paying at-risk populations to join programs of education and regular testing is an effective public health technique. Health economist Omar Galarraga studies the economic forces at work.

With a goal to reduce HIV risk behaviors, researchers investigated whether gay men and male sex workers in Mexico City would participate in a conditional cash transfer program that encourages HIV prevention education and regular testing. A new study in the European Journal of Health Economics reports the price that would get more than 75-percent participation: $288 a year.