NHBS does not collect participant names or any other identifying information other than birth date and zip code.The same basic eligibility criteria are used in each cycle: age ≥18 years, current residence in the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or specified MSA division, no previous participation in NHBS during the current survey cycle, ability to complete the survey in either English or Spanish, and ability to provide informed consent.
The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) System was designed to help state and local health departments in areas with high AIDS prevalence monitor selected risk behaviors, HIV testing experiences, use of prevention programs, and HIV prevalence in three populations at high risk for HIV infection: MSM, injection-drug users, and heterosexual adults at increased risk (4).
NHBS is the primary source of data for monitoring behaviors among populations at risk for HIV infection in the United States.
Finlayson, Ph D Binh Le, MD Amanda Smith, MPH Kristina Bowles, MPH Melissa Cribbin, MPH Isa Miles, Sc D Alexandra M Oster, MD Tricia Martin, MPH Alicia Edwards, MSPH Elizabeth Di Nenno, Ph D Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Corresponding author: Teresa Finlayson, Ph D, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., NE, M. More than half of those infected are men who have sex with men (MSM). Description of System: The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) System collects risk behavior data from three populations at high risk for HIV infection: MSM, injection-drug users, and heterosexual adults at increased risk for HIV infection. NHBS participants must be aged ≥18 years, live in a participating metropolitan statistical area, and be able to complete a behavioral survey in English or Spanish.
Telephone: 404-639-2083; Fax: 404-639-8640; E-mail: [email protected] Problem/Condition: Approximately 1.1 million persons in the United States are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
NHBS data are collected in annual cycles from one risk group per year so that each group is surveyed once every 3 years.