This 3-year study aims to examine how HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) reduce their sexual risks. The research team includes university researchers from multiple disciplines, including researchers from the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). The study will identify protective factors and sexual strategies that are present among and employed by MSM that lead to higher or lower sexual risk outcomes. True to our commitment to translating research into action, our team will conduct a future intervention study based upon our findings.
Dr. Hart is Principal Investigator on this study with Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Barry Adam, Director of Prevention at the OHTN and Professor at the University of Windsor. The Gay Strengths Study was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Data collection for this study finished in March 2015. Below is a list of articles we have published on the project so far:
- Hart, T. A., Noor, S. W., Adam, B. D., Vernon, J. R. G., Brennan, D. J., Gardner, S., … & Myers, T. (2017). Number of psychosocial strengths predicts reduced HIV sexual risk behaviors above and beyond syndemic problems among gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10461-016-1669-2
- Noor, S. W., Adam, B. D., Brennan, D. J., Moskowitz, D. A., Gardner, S., & Hart, T. A. (2017). Scenes as micro-cultures: Examining heterogeneity of HIV risk behavior among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Toronto, Canada. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10508-017-0948-y
- Adam, B. D., Hart, T. A., Mohr, J., Coleman, T., & Vernon, J. R. G. (2017). HIV-related syndemic pathways and risk subjectivities among gay and bisexual men. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Advance online publication. doi: 1080/13691058.2017.1309461
- Schwartz, D. R., Stratton, N., & Hart, T. A. (2016). Minority stress and mental and sexual health: Examining the Psychological Mediation Framework among gay and bisexual men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3, 313-324. doi:10.1037/sgd0000180