If you're a gay Atlanta guy who isn't shy about discussing your sex life, smartphone and HIV status, the research geeks at Emory may want you for a new study. Just come clean about your five fave apps.
It's OK if one of them is Grindr. They don't judge.
Emory is advertising the study on Facebook with an image of a shirtless twink, so of course it caught my eye. They hope to recruit participants for an effort from three researchers -- Patrick Sullivan, Rob Stephenson and Tamar Goldenberg -- at its Rollins School of Public Health. Emory's research facilities are leaders in searching for an HIV vaccine, but this study seeks to better understand perceptions about HIV testing and how smartphones can help. You already know who to get laid with your phone; they want to figure out if it can be used to make HIV testing easier.
They pitch the study like this:
The purpose of this study is to understand perceptions about HIV testing. The research will focus on understanding the attitudes of gay and bisexual men. Men will be asked how they feel about using a smartphone app to make testing easier. We will also talk to HIV counselors to understand how they can use the app.
If you're interested, Emory makes it nearly effortless to see if you're a fit for them. Click through this brief survey and by the end, they'll tell you if you're eligible. You'll be quizzed about your age, sexual orientation, smartphone apps and HIV status, among other questions. Think of it as the more clinical Grindr chat you should have before hooking up with that headless torso with abs.
If you're eligible, the research team will contact you with more information about the study and then, possibly, a first date. (They call it participating in a focus group.) And for that, you'll get some cash. Just like some guys on Grindr, Emory is generous. But no 420.
Ladies, you may get your chance soon enough.