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The federal government is spending $437,739 in taxpayer dollars for psychology students at Kalamazoo College to study whether getting drunk and sleeping around will increase a person’s chances of getting HIV. No, really.
originally posted by: JIMC5499
A while back I had a roommate with a degree in Sociology. He got laid off from his job. With the spare time he had he jokingly wrote a research proposal to study the mating habits of the "South Florida Beach Bunny". He submitted the proposal and about a month later he gets a letter telling him that he has been awarded a $750,000 grant for his proposal. He withdrew the proposal because he was afraid that he would get into trouble for fraud. I tried to talk him into keeping the money and doing the study, but, he wouldn't do it.
originally posted by: neo96
Lets blow half a million dollars so students, can get drunk, and sleep around to find out if that increases the chance if HIV.
originally posted by: neo96
And on this episode of government is us, and they are doing things right.. Lets blow half a million dollars so students, can get drunk, and sleep around to find out if that increases the chance if HIV.
No really people. This is what your money is being spent on.
SUBSTANCE USE AND PARTNER CHARACTERISTICS IN DAILY HIV RISK IN AFRICAN AMERICANS
African American adults are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Although much is known about HIV/AIDS, there is still a lack of comprehensive knowledge about the influence of sexual partners and substance use in the spread of HIV among heterosexual African American men and women. Certain aspects of the sexual partnership may impact consumption of substances, which in turn may reduce protective sexual behavior. The majority of research on HIV risk in African Americans has been based on samples of injection drug users and men who have sex with men. While useful, this limited scope may obscure the nature and degree of risk in other groups, such as those in partnerships involving alcohol and recreational drug use as well as partnerships in which condoms may be seldom used. It is important to track these interactions and behaviors daily, therefore the study will employ innovative experience sampling methodology (ESM). Using a community-based, non-clinical sample of 200 self-identified heterosexual African American men and women, the goal of the proposed project is to increase the scientific understanding of the episodic dimensions of sexual partners and substance use as they increase the risk of HIV transmission among African Americans.
It is expected that substance use (e.g., type and amount, partner consumption) on the day of the sexual activity will increase the likelihood that intimate partner variables will predict increased episodic HIV risk. Aim 3: Explicate the constructed meaning and relevance of partner-level constructs to sexual risk-taking. It is expected that responses to a semi-structured interview will allow for elaboration and probing of responses provided during the experience sampling methodology (ESM) reporting. The specific aims described in this AREA proposal have been designed to include undergraduate students on the research team. Students working on the project will assist in collecting data from participants using mixed methods, analyzing data, and writing of manuscripts detailing findings from this study. The results will inform the development of more competent and effective targeted HIV-prevention interventions, including enhancing our understanding of the barriers to condom use and HIV testing in this group of African Americans.