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BESURE Study: HIV Behavioral Surveillance in the Baltimore region

Baltimore, MD, United States


The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system is a CDC-funded project conducted in 21 cities in the United States, including Baltimore. The purpose is to measure HIV prevalence, HIV risk behaviors, HIV testing behaviors, and exposure to prevention services over time among persons at high risk for infection. NHBS has three cycles focusing on different groups: men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users (IDU), and heterosexuals at risk of HIV infection (HET). Project CLEAR (Communities Leveraging Evidence for Action and Resources), is a new BESURE project intended to identify the strengths and assets, and understand health, social, and service needs of transgender and non-binary individuals living in and around Baltimore City. Information from NHBS guides prevention and HIV counseling and testing services in Baltimore. Together, these projects helps guide and improve overall HIV/AIDS surveillance, provide a better understanding of trends in HIV infection and related behavioral and social factors, and inform local program needs in Baltimore and throughout the United States.

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