CAPS National Sexual Health Survey (NSHS)

Author of Tool: 

Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

Key references: 

Catania JA, Coates TJ, Stall R, Turner HA, Peterson J, Hearst N, Dolcini MM, Hudes E, Gagnon J, Wiley J, Groves R (1992). Prevalence of AIDS-related risk factors and condom use in the United States. Science, 258, 1101–1106. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

Measures a wide range of HIV-related and human sexuality topics

Background: 

The National Sexual Health Survey (NSHS) is national telephone survey of adults 18 years and older residing in the 48 contiguous states. Measures were developed to assess a wide range of HIV-related and human sexuality topics including, but not limited to, the following: condom attitudes, condom slips and breaks, HIV-related caregiving, HIV testing and home testing use, STD histories, perceived risk for HIV and other STDs and optimistic bias assessments, extramarital sex, sexual development, sexual abuse and rape, and sexual dysfunctions. The survey also employed various psychological scales (sensation-seeking, machismo) and collected family assessments and history, health information and demographics, and a detailed assessment of sexual activities with each of the respondent’s sexual partners in the past year up to a total of 10 partners. In addition, demographic, geographic, and HIV/STD risk characteristics of sexual partners were determined. 

Psychometrics: 

For information on reliability and validity see article:  Catania JA, Coates TJ, Stall R, Turner HA, Peterson J, Hearst N, Dolcini MM, Hudes E, Gagnon J, Wiley J, Groves R (1992). Prevalence of AIDS-related risk factors and condom use in the United States. Science, 258, 1101–1106. 

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