Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-01-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

HIV study analyzes social media-based prevention strategies
by Matt Simonette
2018-03-29

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Researchers from Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are investigating how social media can be used as a tool to prevent new HIV transmissions.

The study, titled "Keeping it Lite: Exploring HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth With Limited Interaction," implements ads and other modes of outreach on apps and websites such as Grindr, Tinder and Facebook to enroll both young men who have sex with men as well as transgender women, two demographics especially at risk for HIV infection. Transgender men are being sought as well.

According to CCHHS officials, participants will be offered access to HIV testing and prevention information as will take part in optional data-gathering about their health behaviors, sociodemographic characteristics and socioecological influences.

The purpose is "to make a cohort so we understand what it is about where they are finding their partners—their venues, their personal behaviors and their social networking"—and where they are living, and learning and understanding HIV transmission," said researcher and infectious disease specialist Audrey French.

She added, "Traditional cohort studies have people come in and give a lot of personal time. They require a lot of money and time to understand what's going on with them. The people who wrote this are interested … in establishing a cohort with very limited face-to-face interaction, so you can understand behavior without it costing a lot. The purpose is not only to understand behaviors but the the milieu of risk for these people, to design interventions that would also be cost-effective and use technology."

Funders of "Keeping It Lite" include the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Other researchers include Sybil Hosek, a clinical psychologist and HIV researcher at CCHS, and Pedro Serrano from the CORE Center's Adolescent and Young Adult Research Group.

Researchers will attempt to recruit subjects via dating apps such as Grindr or Tinder as well as apps such as Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat for younger subjects, French added.

Potential subjects "clink on a link, get to a consent form, click through a survey of their behaviors, and then, if they complete the survey, we send them an HIV testing kit and they send it back. We'll keep sending the kits over time. We're not really intervening a lot, except for the test kits and information about PrEP and where they can get it," she said.

French noted that the project was not intended as "an intense prevention" but, rather, "it's more of a study, although I do believe we will be doing some good for the participants, with the testing and access to information."

Participants will be sent surveys first quarterly, then every six months. Those who might seroconvert during their participation will be linked to care and will be asked to take part in both an analysis of their online social networks and a phylogenetic analysis. Researchers are seeking about 3,000 subjects, French said.

"Our current entry criteria are one of three things," she noted. "Those are having anal intercourse with a man who is HIV-infected; having had an STI in the last six months; or having a sexual partner who has HIV. For younger people, we are going to change the criteria, so that if they had had oral sex with a man, they would also qualify. One of our main goals is to understand the evolution of behavior for very young people—young people who are experimenting but haven't quite gotten to riskier sex."

According to French, the incentive for the enrollment survey, which is slightly longer, and the initial HIV test is $50. For later surveys and testing, the incentive is $30.

Information on the study is available at 708-683-9095, lite@cookcountyhhs.org or ayaresearch.org/lite .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Study says 6% of sexual minority adults in the US identify as queer 2020-01-22 - The first study to examine queer identity in a U.S. nationally representative sample An estimated 6% of sexual minority adults in the U.S. ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood, We Testify release "Ours to Tell" short film 2020-01-21 - New York, NY — Planned Parenthood Federation of America ( PPFA ) and We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation ...


Gay News

Rush kicks off ambitious LGBT-health initiative 2020-01-21 - Officials from Rush University Medical Center marked the launch of their new LGBT-focused health program, Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and ...


Gay News

WORLD Swiss votes, HIV+ pilot, Indonesian raids, Dutch beauty expert 2020-01-21 - On Feb. 9, Switzerland residents will decide on extending the scope of anti-racism legislation to include discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Presidential candidates, HIV news, Seattle LGBTQ bars, Tom of Finland 2020-01-21 - Presidential candidate Tom Steyer was baffled by his own comments he previously made on protecting the health of LGBTQ asylum seekers when asked ...


Gay News

Indiana same-sex parents can list both names on children's birth certificates 2020-01-19 - On Jan. 17—after more than two and a half years—the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that married same-sex couples in Indiana ...


Gay News

Children Born Abroad to Married U.S. Same-Sex Parents Are U.S. Citizens 2020-01-17 - ( New York, NY — January 17, 2020 ) Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality and pro bono counsel Morgan Lewis this week urged federal ...


Gay News

Access Living names new CEO 2020-01-16 - Access Living's board of directors announced that Karen Tamley has been named the next president/CEO of Access Living. Tamley takes the role March ...


Gay News

IDPH welcomes new HIV section chief 2020-01-14 - The Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) announced its new HIV section chief, Andrea Perez. Perez will play a crucial ...


Gay News

SAGE stands with affiliate in Puerto Rico 2020-01-14 - Aid to LGBT elders vital during this crucial time [New York, NY] SAGE Puerto Rico, a SAGE affiliate since 2018, is rushing to ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.