Georgia's HIV Behavioral Surveillance (GHBS)
NHBS examines the behaviors that put people at risk for HIV infection. Understanding behavior is a key element of a comprehensive, integrated HIV surveillance system. HIV Behavioral Surveillance focuses on highest risk infection groups: men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users (IDU), and at-risk heterosexuals (HET). Georgia was selected to participate in Behavioral Surveillance as one of 26 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2000. This project's activities include:
- Developing an ongoing surveillance system to ascertain the prevalence of HIV risk behaviors among groups at high risk for HIV infection for use in developing national and local prevention services and programs.
- Engaging community-based organizations (CBOs) in surveillance and questionnaire development.
- Collaborating with HIV/AIDS prevention programs to assess exposure to and use of local HIV prevention programs.
- Presenting data on at-risk populations for use in state/local prevention and treatment services planning/evaluation.
- Men who have sex with men (MSM)
- Injection Drug User (IDU)
- Heterosexual at increased risk for HIV infection (HET)
GHBS Team Leader
Georgia HBS Data