What is netCanvas-R?

A netCanvas interview protocol developed to explore HIV transmission among men who have sex with men in Chicago.

The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University aims to conduct translational research that improves the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity.

One of the current research projects within the IMPACT program, RADAR, seeks to identify and understand the connections among sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). This cooperative agreement with the National Institute on Drug Abuse marks the first time that one study will look at drivers of new HIV infections at multiple levels– the genetics of the virus, effects of medications, individual behavior, sexual partner and relationship characteristics, networks, and community-level factors.

netCanvas was heavily customized and extended towards the needs of this study, resulting in a specific and highly effective interview protocol: netCanvas-R.