BSS: tracking trends in sexual behavior.

K. Henry

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Abstract

Modeled after the serological surveillance used in many countries to detect the emergence of HIV and monitor epidemic trends, the AIDS Control and Prevention (AIDSCAP) Project's behavioral surveillance survey (BSS) involves administering structured questionnaires to sample groups of target populations in specific geographic areas. The survey is designed to collect detailed information about the sexual behaviors which increase or reduce people's risk of HIV infection and provide indicators which can be tracked over time. The typical interview lasts no more than 30 minutes. In Bangkok, the BSS is part of the Bangkok Fights AIDS (BFA) Project funded partly by AIDSCAP and coordinated through the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). Interviews with more than 3000 people are conducted every 6 months among the six groups targeted by the program. Periodic interviews conducted at strategic sites throughout Bangkok are yielding considerable information about sexual behavior for HIV/AIDS prevention program managers and evaluators. The BSS can serve as an early warning system, alerting policy makers and program managers to increases in risk behavior. It can also can help guide prevention programs by identifying groups whose behavior makes them particularly vulnerable to HIV infection and specific behaviors which need to be changed. While AIDSCAP's Thailand program will end in September 1996, the BSS will continue to help guide and evaluate HIV/AIDS prevention in Bangkok.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalAidscaptions
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996

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