Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of MSM on the cardiometabolic syndrome-COVID-19 syndemic

Our knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors all play a significant role in our overall health and wellbeing. Recently, scientists have recognized that what we think and how we act towards cardiovascular disease can overlap with how we approach the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Gaining a better understanding of these overlapping viewpoints can help scientists and medical professionals prevent the spread of both of these diseases. However, as scientists, we do not have a clear understanding of these overlapping viewpoints among Latino men who have sex with men.

We expect that you will be in this research study for about 120 minutes (2 hours). The first hour, you will be asked to complete an online page Confidential Intake Form, and then participate in a brief cardiovascular health protocol in which one member of our study staff will record your height, weight, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation level using standard and non-invasive protocols. Optionally, you can also have your blood analyzed on the spot for some markers of your heart health (such as cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and glycated hemoglobin A1c). The second hour, you will participate in a 60-minute Focus Group, which is a conversation with a group of about ten Latino men who have sex with men to discuss your perspectives and understanding about cardiovascular disease and COVID-19 during that hour. This will be your only contact point with this investigation.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Cisgender man
  • Self-identified as Hispanic/Latinx
  • Having had sex* with another man in the prior 12 months

*For this study, sex is understood as contact with another man’s penis, anus, or mouth for sexual pleasure.

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Age less than 18 years
  • Transgender men, women
  • Not Hispanic/Latinx
  • Not having had sex with another man in the prior 12 months.

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00002739
PI: Humberto López Castillo
IRB Expiration March 3, 2022
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Recruitment End Date:
November 24, 2021
4364 Scorpius St
HS2 247
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 2 hours
Type: Up to $40 in gift cards
Point of Contact:
Humberto López Castillo
Associated Units:
Health Sciences
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training
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