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Call for applicants: peer researchers

posted on 2016-05-22 / IN Results / 0 Comments

HIV-positive gay and bisexual men interested in becoming a peer research associate are now being recruited. Candidates will be HIV-positive men who have sex with men (gay, bisexual, queer, trans, straight) from across Quebec who want to develop leadership skills and contribute to improving access to sexual health services.

MOBILISE! organizes groups called “community teams” led by peer research associates (known as “leaders”) and who participate in a discussion activity to talk about various approaches to prevention and access to services. Because HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have an important contribution to make to the improvement of sexual health and prevention services, we have added a component to our project to facilitate the involvement of HIV-positive community team leaders. As with all peer research associates, HIV-positive team leaders will recruit participants and lead a discussion activity. They will also have the opportunity to participate in consultation meetings and community events. Disclosure of HIV status to other participants or in public is not required.

All peer research associates who participate in the MOBILISE! project receive financial compensation and training on how to lead a discussion activity on the range of risk-reduction strategies that can help prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

How to apply

We hope to recruit 2 to 4 peer research associates in Montreal and 6 to 12 who live elsewhere in Quebec. To apply, send your contact information and a brief letter of introduction explaining briefly:

  • Your reasons for wanting to become a peer research associate for the MOBILISE! project
  • How you plan to recruit participants for your discussion activity

Send your letter by email to Patrice Bécotte, the MOBILISE! outreach worker:

These activities are supported by a community grant from the Positive Action Canada Innovation Program provided by ViiV Healthcare.

Illustration:  Timothy Schorre

By Thomas Haig