Male participants needed for B.C. study on how social and cultural factors are shaping sex lives

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      A new UBC study hopes to take an indepth look at how social and cultural influences influence the decisions that young men today make about their sex lives.

      For instance, hookup apps and online dating, changing gender concepts, and effective treatment for HIV infection are all factors that are vastly different from generations who grew up before the Internet existed, or when becoming HIV–positive automatically meant a death sentence.

      The researchers of this five-year study hope to provide information that will help intervention planners understand what impact current social and cultural contexts are having on sexual health.

      They'll be taking a look at three B.C. intervention programs that are aimed at reducing STI and HIV risks among young men:

      • BC Centre for Disease Control’s GetCheckedOnline;
      • YouthCO’s Mpowerment YVR;
      • the B.C. Ministry of Health’s provincial strategy for STI prevention, testing, and treatment.

      Accordingly, UBC's Youth Sexual Health Team (YSHT) is currently seeking participants for the study.

      Any sexually active male (including cisgender and transgender men) who is 15 to 30 years old may be eligible to participate. Anyone who is under the age of 19 years of age does not require permission of a parent or guardian. Participation won't affect services received from healthcare providers, schools, or social service agencies.

      All interviews, which are confidential, will take one to one-and-a-half hours and will cover sex and sexual health–related decisions, including the use of substances during sex.

      Participants will receive a $30 honorarium.

      For more information or to find out if you are eligible, visit the YSHT website or contact research coordinator Anna Carson by phone at 604-827-4568 or by email

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