Research Participants Needed: The Strengths of Sexual Minority Men

Suffolk University
Friday, May 2, 2014

Suffolk University is looking for participants who are:
•      HIV-negative adult men
•      who are attracted to men.
The specific label that the individual identifies with (e.g., bisexual, queer, unsure, no label, etc.) is not important for this study, just that a person is attracted to men in some way and is willing to share their experience of challenges and achievements related to his physical and sexual health with us. We are interested in learning more about the strengths that sexual minority men have that help keep them sexually healthy, despite challenges in life.

Phase 1 online survey: If a man chooses to participate, he will complete questionnaires online first, and will be offered a raffle entry to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards for doing so.

Phase 2 interviews: Based on those questionnaires, if he is eligible for a second study and agrees to do so, he can participate in an interview with a trained researcher about his health (both physical & sexual). The researcher is based in Boston, MA, but interviews will be conducted online using Skype. Completing the interview will take approximately 60-90 minutes and participants who complete a Skype interview will receive a $20 online Amazon card as a thank you for their time and effort. Participants can also choose to donate their $20 to one of three organizations: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the It Gets Better Project, or GLBT National Help Center. In order to participate in this interview, a consent form will need to be signed (accessed at the study website).

Phase 3 online survey: Any participant who completes the first set of questionnaires online has the ability to complete another set of questionnaires online, after which he can enter to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards again.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Suffolk University, 41 Temple St, Boston, MA. Investigators: Amy K.Marks, Ph.D. & Eva Woodward, M.A.

Access the initial survey link. View the study flyer.

The NSVRC encourages research and reviews requests to share opportunities to participate with our National Advisory Council Research Committee on a regular basis.  The NSVRC does not sponsor or endorse methods, findings, or publications stemming from this research project.  We encourage you to review the intent and method of this research to decide for yourself if it safe to participate and worthy of your time.