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HIV Open Data Project: National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System: Eligibility Screener and Core Questionnaire

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, clinical data, survey data
Creator
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2013-06-25
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Language
English
Free Keywords
AIDS; alcohol; criminal histories; demographic characteristics; dependents; disease; disease prevention; drug treatment; drug use; family background; government performance; government regulation; health care; health insurance; HIV; homelessness; homosexuality; intervention strategies; Medicaid; Medicare; medications; outreach programs; prenatal care; public assistance programs; risk factors; sexual behavior; womens health care
Description
  • Abstract

    In 2003, CDC created the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) for conducting behavioral surveillance among persons at high risk for HIV infection. Surveillance is conducted in rotating annual cycles in three different populations at high risk for HIV: men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users (IDUs), and heterosexuals at increased risk for HIV infection (HET). Before each NHBS cycle, formative research is conducted to learn more about the populations and collect data to help with sampling procedures. MSM are sampled using venue-based, time-space sampling methods. Health department staff members first identify venues frequented by MSM (e.g., bars, clubs, organizations, and street locations) and days and times when men frequent those venues. Venues (and specific day/time periods) for recruitment are chosen randomly each month. IDUs and heterosexuals are recruited using respondent-driven sampling, a type of chain referral sampling. Health department staff members select a small number of initial participants, or "seeds," who complete the survey and recruit their peers to participate. Recruitment and interviewing continue until the target sample size is reached. Trained interviewers in all NHBS jurisdictions use a standardized anonymous questionnaire to collect information on HIV-related risk behaviors, HIV testing, and use of HIV prevention services. HIV testing is also offered to all participants. During each cycle, a minimum of 450 (for heterosexuals) to 500 (for MSM and IDUs) eligible persons from each participating jurisdiction are interviewed and tested for HIV infection. The first full round of NHBS, comprised all three cycles (MSM, IDU, and HET), was conducted during 2003-2007. The second round was conducted during 2008-2010, and the third round began in January 2011. As of 2011, 20 jurisdictions with high AIDS prevalence are funded to conduct NHBS. Many of the health department grantees subcontract with local health departments, universities, or community-based organizations to implement NHBS activities. Data on behavioral risks for HIV, HIV testing behaviors, access to and use of prevention services and HIV testing results are collected. NHBS data are used to provide a behavioral context for trends seen in HIV surveillance data. They also describe populations at increased risk for HIV infection and thus provide an indication of the leading edge of the epidemic. Through systematic surveillance in groups at high risk for HIV infection, NHBS will be critical for monitoring the impact of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which focuses on decreasing HIV incidence, improving linkage to care, and reducing disparities.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011 / 2013
    Time period: 2011--2013
  • 2011 / 2013
    Collection date: 2011--2013
Geographic Coverage
  • Bahamas
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users (IDUs), and heterosexuals at risk for HIV infection (HET) within the 20 funded NHBS jurisdictions. Smallest Geographic Unit: Census tract
Collection Mode
  • coded on-site observation, mixed mode

Note
2013-10-03 Documentation is now being included for download with this study. Additionally, xml is being turned over for indexing within the SSVD. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34733 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013): HIV Open Data Project: National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System: Eligibility Screener and Core Questionnaire. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34733.v1