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UTILIZING TWITTER TO IDENTIFY AND RECRUIT YOUNG BLACK MEN AT HIGH RISK OF HIV INFECTION

Agency:
NIDA

HHS/NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Project Number:
7R21DA049572-02
Contact PI / Project Leader:
STEVENS, ROBIN
Awardee Organization:
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Description

Abstract Text:
Project Summary The disproportionate incidence of HIV/AIDS among Black men underscores a dire need for technologically innovative and culturally-responsive approaches to reduce HIV in Black communities. There is evidence that social media platforms such as Twitter may offer an unprecedented opportunity to identify and recruit young Black men (YBM) at elevated risk, but to date there is a dearth of empirical evidence to support that social media based-recruitment using natural language processing is feasible and/or acceptable. On social media platforms like Twitter, young men share substance and sex related content. We propose mining these Twitter posts to identify YBM who may be at risk of elevated HIV, based on their substance and sexual risk posts. This study will serve as a proof of method to test the extent to which we can identify and recruit YBM based on their social media posts. We will extend and calibrate our “High-Risk Language” (HRL) algorithm to identify users who post HIV-risk related language on Twitter. Those who agree to participate and deemed eligible will complete a qualitative interview and in- person study visit which includes HIV testing, multi-drug screening, and a survey of their sexual risk and substance use behaviors. Our primary outcomes are; (1) condomless (and/or without PrEP) vaginal or anal sex and (2) illicit drug use before or during sex. We will assess the yield and accuracy of our HRL algorithm at identifying YBM at risk, compared to their biomarkers and surveys. This work will test cutting-edge research tools aimed at increasing the rigor and precision of online recruitment efforts to reduce HIV in the Black community.
Project Terms:
Accounting; Address; Agreement; AIDS prevention; AIDS/HIV problem; Alcohol or Other Drugs use; Algorithms; Anal Sex; base; Behavior; Behavioral; Bioethics; Biological Markers; Caring; cisgender; Code; cohort; Collection; Communities; comparative; Complement; Computers; Computing Methodologies; Data Science; Drug Screening; eligible participant; Enrollment; Ensure; ethnic minority population; experience; fighting; Gender; Goals; high risk; high risk men; HIV; HIV Infections; HIV risk; HIV/STD; Human; Human immunodeficiency virus test; illicit drug use; Illicit Drugs; Incidence; Infection; infection risk; Information Retrieval; Infrastructure; innovation; Interview; Language; language processing; Manuals; men; men who have sex with men; Methods; Mining; Monitor; National Institute of Drug Abuse; Natural Language Processing; Participant; Persons; Pharmaceutical Preparations; Philadelphia; pre-exposure prophylaxis; Prevention; prevention service; primary outcome; Privatization; Race; racial and ethnic; recruit; Research; Research Personnel; residence; Retrieval; Risk; Sampling; screening; sex; Sex Behavior; sexual minority; social media; Social support; Strategic Planning; substance use prevention; Surveys; Techniques; Technology; Telephone; Testing; tool; Twitter; United States National Institutes of Health; Vagina; Visit; web site; Woman; Work; young adult; young man

Details

Contact PI / Project Leader Information:
Name:  STEVENS, ROBIN
Other PI Information:
Not Applicable
Awardee Organization:
Name:  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
City:  LOS ANGELES    
Country:  UNITED STATES
Congressional District:
State Code:  CA
District:  37
Other Information:
Fiscal Year: 2020
Award Notice Date: 17-Sep-2020
DUNS Number: 072933393
Project Start Date: 30-Sep-2019
Budget Start Date: 01-Sep-2020
CFDA Code: 279
Project End Date: 31-Aug-2021
Budget End Date: 31-Aug-2021
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HHS/NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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FY Total Cost
2020 NIDA

HHS/NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

$247,500

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