Recruitment Strategies of Indian Men Who Have Sex with Men in the State of Maharashtra Into an Online Survey

J. Michael Wilkerson, Pallav Patankar, Shruta Mengle Rawat, B. R Simon Rosser, Kanjani M. Shukla, Jayson M. Rhoton, Maria L. Ekstrand

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Abstract

The authors reported lessons learned from their efforts to recruit Indian men and transgender women/hijras who have sex with men into an online cross sectional study. Between September 2013 and May 2014, we implemented a 7-phased recruitment strategy that included the use of online and offline strategies to enroll a total of 449 participants into an online survey about recent sexual behavior and various psychosocial measures. The phases were implemented sequentially and cost-per-eligible participant was calculated. Using social media and collaborating with organizers of community events proved the most effective strategies for recruiting Indian men who have sex with men into online research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-227
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • Research methods
  • gay men
  • internet-based survey

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