The Behavioral Surveillance Research (BESURE) Study is a community health project that measures prevalence of HIV, health and social issues, health-related behaviors and access to services among key groups in Baltimore. BESURE is in its 15th year and has become a primary source of information on the health of people in our community. The results of the study directly inform program planning to improve health outcomes and fight the spread of HIV in Baltimore.
The BESURE-Transgender project, a new endeavor of the BESURE team and supported by the Maryland Department of Health, is intended to identify the strengths and assets, and understand health, social, and service needs of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals living in and around Baltimore City. The information collected will guide health and wellness services in Maryland.