The LGBT Health & Development Program

Current Research Projects

Crew 450
Text Messaging Study
Keep It Up!

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ChiGuys is the first adolescent extension of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is recruiting and surveying adolescent young men to better understand HIV among this population. Read more

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Crew 450
Crew 450 is an ongoing longitudinal cohort study of YMSM aged 16-20 designed to analyze the prevalence, course, and predictors of a syndemic of psychosocial health issues linked to HIV. Read more

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Enhancing Diaries for Assessment and Prevention Tools (eDAPT) is an online study that is examining the conditions under which sexual behavior diaries become self-monitoring interventions for young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Read more

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Evaluation using a Social Networks Approach, or E-SNAp, is an academic-community research partnership between the IMPACT Program and Vida/SIDA (a program of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center) that seeks to assess the diffusion of HIV prevention information among Latino YMSM (18 to 24 years old) enrolled in the Mpowerment Project at Vida/SIDA. Read more

The Gene, Environment, and Neighborhood Initiative (GENI) examines the influences of genes and neighborhood on the development of a cluster of health issues (sexual risk taking, substance use, and conduct problems) facing urban, African American youth living in poverty. Read more

Harnessing the Power of Text Messaging to Invigorate AMSM HIV Preventive Behavior
This study is a mixed methods project involving online focus groups and a text messaging-based HIV prevention intervention designed specifically for adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM), ages14-18. Read more

Keep It Up!
Keep It Up! (KIU!) is a series of HIV prevention projects for young men who have sex with men (YMSM). KIU! 2.0 is a multi-site randomized control trial (RCT) comparing two versions of an online HIV prevention program for YMSM. KIU! 1.5 is a highly interactive HIV prevention program tailored to ethnically diverse YMSM that is being implemented as a city-wide service project at Center on Halsted. Read more

Know@Home is a four-part, nation-wide study that aims to evaluate the use and effectiveness of self-test kits as a public health strategy for increasing HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM). Read more

In order to advance knowledge of the drug and sexual networks of YMSM and how these networks influence HIV transmission, Linking Young Networks in Chicago (LYNC) is constructing and analyzing a macro-network of YMSM by utilizing data already being collected from Crew450 and a Social Network Supplement. Read more

Project Q2
Project Q2 is the longest running longitudinal study of LGBT young people ever conducted, with 248 participants who were between the ages of 16 and 20 at baseline. Now in its sixth year, Project Q2 is focused on the individual and sociocultural predictors of mental health, substance use, HIV risk, and resilience in a diverse population of LGBT young adults. Read more

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Queer Sex Ed
Queer Sex Ed, a five year project, explored how the Internet can be used to promote positive sexual health for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. Formative research was used to create an online sexual health education component, which was evaluated using mixed methods analysis. Read more

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RADAR is a new, five-year study investigating the connections among sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationship patterns over time among YMSM. Read more

YRBS Pooling Project
The YRBS Pooling Project was led by the Fenway Health Center for Population Research in LGBT Health LGBTQ Youth Working Group and Dr. Brian Mustanski. The Project combines data from multiple state and jurisdiction Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) to create a larger pooled sample of sexual minority youth. The pooling project has merged data sets from 14 jurisdictions from 2005 and 2007. Read more

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