SexLab Research Project as Part of Social Work Internship

Carrie Rheingans

The Sexuality + Health Lab is new to the School of Public Health. Dr. José Bauermeister is the principal investigator of a number of studies being conducted by current students and recent graduates. In its short time, the lab has already published and presented at conferences, including the Association of Public Health’s national conference.

As part of my social work internship at the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC), I get to participate in their “Building a Technology-Enhanced Social Network Intervention to Promote HIV Testing among Young Men who have Sex with men (MSM)” project. We are using mixed methods (qualitative interviews and a quantitative survey) to learn more about if YMSM internet use for finding sexual partners correlates with HIV testing behavior. My role will be to help recruit people for the interviews and survey and to conduct interviews, including in Spanish. I’m very excited about this opportunity!

The funding for this pilot project is from the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) program for Community Engagement. You can see the abstract on their pilot page. It enables research results to be applied to real-life community situations.

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