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Miami-area participants sought for HIV focus groups

Curt Coomes, a research health policy analyst at RTI International in North Carolina, asked me to post the following:

Researchers Seeking Miami-Area Participants for Focus Groups on HIV Testing, October 21-22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with RTI International on a study to explore people’s opinions about HIV counseling, testing and referral (CTR) services in non-health care settings, such as outreach locations or freestanding HIV counseling and testing sites. RTI will be holding focus groups in the Miami area October 21-22, 2008 with a variety of HIV CTR users and potential users to get feedback on how to make testing more acceptable and accessible. The results of this study will be used with other information being collected by CDC to develop recommendations for improved HIV CTR in non-health care settings.

RTI is looking for the following individuals who have tested recently and are HIV-negative: gay men, male-to-female transgender individuals, and injection drug users. Women who have never tested or do not know their HIV status are also needed for a focus group, as are HIV-positive heterosexual men. Discussion groups will last up to 2 hours, and participants will receive $50 to help repay them for their time, effort, and travel expenses. All information shared in the groups is confidential.

For more information on the groups, or to see if you are eligible, contact Curt Coomes at RTI International at 1-800-334-8571 ext. 28348.

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