Conducting Nursing Research With Men Who Have Sex With Men: Challenges and Strategies for Nurse Researchers

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Abstract

The group most affected by the HIV epidemic is men who have sex with men (MSM). Since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981, this group was one the four identified high-risk groups, and MSM continue to comprise nearly 50% of all cases of HIV/AIDS. In the context of HIV infection and safer sex behaviors, this population has been the focus of numerous research studies. Despite the wealth of research that has been conducted on this population, very little information is available on research methods and strategies that nurse researchers can use to study this population. This report details one nurse researcher's experiences in gaining access to this population, unique recruitment issues, and challenges in data collection. In addition, strategies and interventions that were used by this researcher to overcome these challenges in the research process are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • men who have sex with men
  • nursing research
  • research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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