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What Can I Expect?

Home Visits:

Specially trained members of the NYC HANES team will call or visit your home to select one or two members of your household. They will show you badges <pdf> with photo identification from RTI, our survey vendor.

If you agree to participate, you have three options after signing a consent form:

  • take the survey and physical exam right away (preferred)
  • take the survey and physical exam right away and schedule a return visit to draw blood (either at your home or in our Manhattan clinic)
  • schedule the full interview at a later date (to be held at your home or in our Manhattan clinic)

Follow-Up Appointments:

  • available days, evenings and weekends
  • can be scheduled at your home or in Manhattan (455 First Ave. between 26th and 27th Streets)

Survey Questions (1 ½ hours):

The survey has a face-to face interview and a computer-assisted interview for more sensitive questions, which you can take in private. If a question makes you uncomfortable, you don't have to answer it.

Face-to-Face Interview Topics:

  • information about yourself including where you were born, age, race and ethnicity
  • health status
  • recent health-care experiences
  • nutrition
  • tobacco use
  • oral health
  • mental health
  • sexual experience
  • drug use
  • take blood pressure and pulse
  • measure height, weight and waist
  • collect blood, urine and saliva samples

Computer-Assisted Interview Topics:

  • sexual experience
  • drug use

NYC HANES does not include questions about your immigration status.

Physical Exam (15-20 minutes):

Trained staff will conduct a physical with no internal examination. Participation is voluntary. We'll ask you not to eat beforehand to get the best results. Staff will:

  • take blood pressure and pulse
  • measure height, weight and waist
  • collect blood, urine and saliva samples

Please call 1-877-212-7229 to schedule an appointment if you have been selected to participate in NYC HANES.