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Data from this system also will be used to monitor efforts toward achieving the National HIV/AIDS Strategy's goal of reducing HIV incidence in these populations.This report summarizes results from the second NHBS data collection cycle among MSM, which was conducted during June--December 2008.
Specifically, 38% used marijuana, 18% cocaine, 13% poppers (amyl nitrate), and 11% ecstasy. 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.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.