Leveraging NHBS Data at the Local Level
NHBS data are used to provide a behavioral context for trends seen in national 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 is critical for monitoring the impact of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which focuses on decreasing HIV incidence, improving linkage to care, and reducing disparities.
In addition to informing HIV behavioral surveillance at the national level, NHBS can be leveraged to inform local trends.