Study: Bans on gay marriage lead to rise in HIV infections
Posted on June 6, 2009
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Gay marriage bans can be tied to a rise in HIV infections, according to a new study by economists at Atlanta’s Emory University.
“In the first study of the impact of social tolerance levels toward gays in the United States on the HIV transmission rate, the researchers estimated that a constitutional ban on gay marriage raises the rate by four cases per 100,000 people,” the university announced in a press release today.
“We found the effects of tolerance for gays on HIV to be statistically significant and robust — they hold up under a range of empirical models,” said Hugo Mialon, an assistant professor of economics.
Andrew Francis, also an assistant professor of economics, cited the gay marriage debate currently sweeping the nation. See Study: Bans on gay marriage lead to rise in HIV infections
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