Staff-led pilot projects propel new discoveries at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities
These projects offer freedom to explore topics that may be overlooked, with the hope that new exploration can lead to expanded research and the development of vital interventions.
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Project Caboodle explores the acceptability and feasibility of self-collecting at home and returning by mail all, some, or none of the following five biological specimens: (i) finger-stick blood sample, (ii) pharyngeal swab, (iii) urine specimen, (iv) rectal swab, and (v) hair sample, among 100 high-risk, HIV-negative or unknown status US MSM (18-34 years, 50 black and 50 white) recruited through social networking websites and mobile gay dating apps.
A second phase of in-depth interviews from a sample of participants will collect qualitative data about participant's experiences in the study.