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Join us to take HIV Prevention to the next level!
      #217233 - 12/06/06 05:22 PM

Study Description:

NO/AIDS Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invite you to help with a new program for men who have sex with men (MSM) and 18 years and older called SouthPOL+.

The purpose of this study is to pilot the CDC developed Adaptation guidance to conduct pre-implementation activities to:
1) Asses the viability of utilizing the chat rooms to provide services, referrals and to implement HIV prevention interventions,
2) Better define online social networks of seropositive MSM of color that frequent chat rooms
3) Assess impact of Katrina and Rita on these social networks and the utilization of chat rooms.
Your taking part is voluntary and will not affect any current or future services you receive from NO/AIDS Task Force. You may choose to stop or withdraw your participation in the project at any time.

Ways to Participate

1) Focus Groups: It’s an anonymous, confidential and online group discussion. The participant will receive $20 if they qualify and participate. Online focus groups will be conducted in a chat room based environment at SouthPOL+ Website. (www.southpolplus.com).

2) Key Informant Interview: It’s a one-on-one phone conversation between a participant and SouthPOL+ team member. The conversation will center on what is going on in the community with regards to the Internet and HIV/AIDS. All participants can either choose to call us at a 1-866-783-4737/504-945-4000 number or we can call them. Key informants that express an interest in participating will arrange a convenient time with staff for a telephone interview.

3) Online Survey: We are also conducting surveys to identify the risk determinants, risk behaviors, social norms and factors influencing these behaviors, describe chat room use and describe the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This is an online anonymous and confidential survey and the participant could win 1 in 5 cash prizes worth $100.

Eligibility Criteria:
Sexual Orientation: Men who have Sex with Men
Minimum age: Must be at least 18 years old
Maximum age: none

Register at:
www.southpolplus.com

Compensation:
$20 for successfully participating in the online focus group or key informant interview.
For more Information:
Email- info@southpolplus.com,
Phone- 1-866-783-4737.

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Re: Join us to take HIV Prevention to the next lev new
      #217264 - 12/06/06 07:05 PM

Is there a reason why you don't want other people except MSM involved. Why are you stressing that this is a gay disease? How do you plan to help the largest segement of the population with NEW infections: Young African-American women.

If you really cared about making an impact on the rate of new infections it would seem you need to focus on the HUMAN race and not just a segment of it.

Just what kind of ASO are you?

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Re: Join us to take HIV Prevention to the next lev new
      #217359 - 12/07/06 02:35 PM

Hey,

We certainly agree that interventions need to be done across board. Each segment of the population has different cultural and geographic needs and an adaptation of this program is needed, especially to develop culturally relevant materials and curriculum specific to each population segment and sub segment.

The purpose of this project is to improve understanding of the processes needed for adapting evidence-based behavioral interventions to fit new conditions or populations.

MSM of color continue to be an extremely vulnerable population affected by high rates of HIV/AIDS (Harawa, et al., 2004; Koblin, et al., 2000; Lemp, et al., 1994; Valleroy, et al., 2001). This is true nationally, throughout the Southeastern US, in Louisiana, and in New Orleans where the NO/AIDS Task Force is based. Both the 2004 Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for Louisiana and the Orleans Parish Community Planning Group (CPG) Implementation Plan identify MSM as a prioritized target population.

We are specifically funded to do this intervention with 'Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)’. Again I agree that these kinds of interventions are needed for different population segments.

Thanks,
SouthPOL+ Team.


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