$509K Federal Safe-Sex Study Will Text 'Gay-Lingo' to Meth AddictsSubmitted by Const. Clayton on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 13:36
A $509,840 grant by the National Institutes of Health will pay for a study that will send text messages in "gay lingo" to methamphetamine addicts to try to persuade them to use fewer drugs and more condoms. The study began in February.
Lead researcher Dr. Cathy Reback of the Baltimore-based Friends Research Institute, Inc., told CNSNews.com how she and her team of health educators will spend the next four years and over half a million dollars encouraging gay meth addicts to cut down on unprotected sex by periodically sending them “gay-specific” text messages.
"We did a pilot about four, five years ago with 52 out-of-treatment MSM (males who have sex with males)," Dr. Reback explained. "And we sent them text messages that were gay specific - used gay lingo - and made references to the connection between high-risk sex and methamphetamine use among MSM."
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