Role of BSSVs

BSSVs are highly trained, and experienced in providing HIV prevention services targeting high-risk and/or racial/ethnic minority populations. With a geographically diverse network, the program coordinates requests for TA services with BSSVs who live and work in the same community as the organization that initiated the request.

There are 295 current BSSVs. Seventy-five percent have doctorates. Those without doctoral training have masters degrees with many years of HIV/AIDS-related work experience in the community.

Sixty percent of BSSVs are racial and/or ethnic minorities:

  • 33 percent African-American,

  • 17 percent Latino,

  • 5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander,

  • 4 percent multi-ethnic, and

  • 1 percent Native American.

BSSVs are located in 45 of the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

BSSVs also benefit from their participation in the program. They gain a wealth of experience and knowledge through encounters with other volunteers, and an ability to share resources. More specifically, BSSVs:

  • Participate in a 2.5 day BSSV Program Basic Training 

  • Participate in web-based trainings and conference calls in the form of webinars 

  • Serve as peer mentors to other BSSVs

  • Receive regular up-to-date information on HIV prevention research and programming, and

  • Receive invitations to serve as subject matter experts on CDC initiatives and projects

*** If you are interested in becoming a Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer, please send inquires using the contact information provided on this site.


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