Sampling Atlanta Network Study (SANS)

In this study, we joined forces with Family Health International 360 to map HIV risk activities in the U.S. (Atlanta, GA) and Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam) and study their network characteristics. In the first phase of this NIH-funded study, we determined the geographic locations from which to draw our network samples. The final product was a map of locations where our ethnography indicated that high levels of risky behavior were taking place. This map has been used to inform recruitment for the network sampling component in Phase II. Currently, we are utilizing three different sampling methods, coupled with HIV rapid tests and a short survey, to compare network structures in Atlanta and Dar el Salaam. The ultimate goal of this study is to use this information to create interventions targeted toward networks and communities at greatest risk of HIV.