The TIM Project

This on-going study, “Exploring an HIV Testing Intervention Model (TIM Project) Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men” is led by Dr. Alex Washington from the School of Social Work and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The specific aims of this project are to develop an intervention to motivate HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men (BMSM) and to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of using social networking to encourage testing. In this study, the intervention group will get access to the study online social network group which will include videos and hosted discussions in addition to online surveys. The control group will only receive the online surveys and reading material about HIV prevention, drug use, and sexual risk behavior. It is hoped that this project will provide information that will assist in efforts to increase HIV testing in this high risk group of men.