This webpage will tell you about a research project that will ask you to test out a daily health survey on your web-enabled cell phone. Information from this research study will help us develop a health survey application to help gay men and their peers (including co-workers, friends, family, and partners) to maintain healthy behaviors, such as eating right, and reduce behaviors that can spread HIV to HIV-negative people, such as risky sexual behavior and drug use. Studies have shown that cell phone interventions have helped smokers quit smoking and reduced other behaviors that are harmful to one’s health. However, there have not been any studies designed specifically to reduce the spread of HIV.
This research project is seeking gay men and their peers who will test out a cell phone application that may help them maintain healthy behaviors, such as eating right, exercising, reducing drug use, and reducing sexual behavior that can put HIV-negative sex partners at risk for contracting HIV.
If you are eligible to participate in the study, you will be asked to take part in a study that collects information through a cell phone. You will need to
1. Have a web-enabled cell phone (either an Android phone issued after November, 2010 [version 2.3 or higher], or an iPhone) that you are willing to use to participate in this study to answer a daily cell phone health survey.
2. Answer questions through a cell phone application.
a. The cell phone questions will ask about the following topics:
- Your mood
- Your sexual behavior
- Your substance use
- Your eating habits
- Your exercise routines
3. Study participants with Android phones will be asked to download a second cell phone application that will automatically record the amount of time spent talking / texting with peers you recruit into the study.
4. Recruit 3 of your peers who are at least 18 years of age and have a web-enabled cell phone (either an Android phone issued after November, 2010, or an iPhone) they can use for the duration of the one-month study. Peers can be co-workers, friends, family, a partner, or other individuals. It does not matter if the peers are men or women, gay or straight.