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I might be interested, but what would participating mean?

Participating in the project would mean coming to group meetings once a week for 8 weeks. It would also mean filling out a few questionnaires along the way, collecting saliva samples, getting tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and a confidential drug screen. Participants will be compensated up to $450 in Target gift cards for participating and will be provided with bus/metro tickets.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Anyone who identifies as

    • a man

    • gay, bisexual, queer, same-gender-loving, or a variety of other non-heterosexual identities.

  • People aged 18-25 years old

  • People who are HIV-negative or who don't know their HIV status.

Why are you looking for people who are HIV-negative or do not know their status?

An important aspect of Project PRIDE is providing participants with strategies to reduce their risk for HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections. The goal is to increase sexual health and well-being among young gay/bi/queer men. While all people deserve sexual health, this program is in part an HIV prevention program, and is for men who are HIV-negative or do not know their status. If the program is successful, we think it could also be useful to promote sexual health among HIV+ young men, but we would need to include HIV+ specific stressors like HIV stigma and disclosure, which are not in this program.

How do I know this study is legit?

This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Houston Institutional Review Board (IRB). You may talk to them at (713) 743-9204 or

If you are interested in participating, have questions, or would like more information, please contact us!

Please contact us using the contact form OR at or 713-743-7477.

You may also contact Dr. Nathan Smith, the Principal Investigator, at or 713-743-7648.


We hope to hear from you!

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