It was very exciting to return to NYU Rory Meyers once again this past week after interning there over the summer and talk with some of the project staff. I was able to meet with my project advisor and catch up on the outstanding progress the study has made since I was gone as well as the future steps that need to be taken.
On Monday, I assisted in making resource guides that will be given to our participants once project staff and I begin to undergo our second recruitment process in Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. On the resource guide, I helped find institutions in the most convenient areas for our participants that had access to STI/STD screenings as well as experienced physicians in sexual health. Additionally, I looked over our project documents with my research advisor that were reviewed by the IRB (International Review Board). During that process I helped identify any edits that should be made to those documents in the future in order to maintain ethical integrity when engaging with our participants.
On Tuesday, I underwent an in-depth literature review, assessing the more specific sociological risks of HIV/AIDs among young minorities. It was during that day that my research advisor and I spent time evaluating the particular reason as to why African American/Latino males are more reluctant to seeking medical help and joining clinical studies compared to females, thus making them significantly more susceptible to HIV/AIDS as well as many other illnesses.
On Thursday, my advisor was unfortunately not there so I visited another project staff colleagues of mine at her office in the NYU Langone Radiology Center on 2nd Ave. There we discussed the steps my advisor and I already made in our literature review and agreed to continue the literature review in efforts of fully understanding the perception African American/latino males have toward seeking medical advice and participating in clinical studies and introduce potential strategies to encourage more males to join our study once we start our second round of participant recruitments. Although we have many staff members working on the literature review, we intend to continue working on it during the upcoming weeks to fully prepare ourselves for the next phase of the study.