Jackson Neigborhoods Study
To qualify: Self-report as African American or Black race; report having had sex with another male (MSM) in the past 6 months preceding the baseline assessment; being 18 to 25 years old; and reside in the Jackson, MS MSA.
The major goals of this project are to utilize real-time geospatial methods to investigate relationships between GPS-defined activity space neighborhood characteristics, drug use and HIV risk behaviors among young Black MSM aged 18-29 years in the Jackson, Mississippi MSA.
Specific Aim 1: To determine the feasibility (as measured by a pre- and post-survey as well as objectively measured adherence to the GPS protocol) of obtaining GPS spatial behavior data to define activity space neighborhoods, including different assessment time periods (i.e. 1-week vs. 2-weeks) and over time (i.e. baseline and 3-month follow-up), among Black MSM in the Jackson, MS.
Specific Aim 2: To characterize relationships between neighborhood-level factors (such as exposure to neighborhood poverty, LGBT neighborhood friendliness, and access to sexual health services based on one’s activity space), drug use (e.g. use of alcohol and marijuana) and HIV risk behavior (e.g., condomless anal sexual behavior, having multiple and concurrent sexual partners) among Black MSM in the Jackson, MS MSA.
Inclusion criteria include: self-report as African American or Black race; report having had sex with another male in the past 6 months preceding the baseline assessment; being 18 to 25 years old; and reside in the Jackson, MS MSA.
Open Arms Healthcare Center
805 East River Place
Jackson, MS 39202