ChiGuys is the first adolescent extension of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ChiGuys is recruiting 600 young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Chicago and surrounding areas using two recruitment strategies: respondent-driven sampling and targeted advertising on Facebook.
The study aims to determine the most efficient strategies for recruiting and surveying adolescent YMSM in order to inform future waves of CDC’s NHBS efforts. Additionally, the study seeks to estimate the prevalence and incidence of HIV in this population, as well as behavioral predictors of HIV risk behavior and HIV infection. This innovative adolescent extension of CDC’s NHBS is also being conducted in New York City and Philadelphia.