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Texas Researcher Part of Study on Stereotypes of Black Men at Risk for HIV/AIDS

Dr. Vanessa R. Schick co-authored a study examining the positive aspects of sexual encounters among black men who have sex with men (MSM), versus MSM of other races in the United States. The findings of the study, published recently in the Archives of Sexual Behavior journal, counter dehumanizing stereotypes of black MSM and demonstrate that patterns of pleasure, affection, and love are similar regardless of race.

Vanessa Schick

[Photo: Dr. Vanessa R. Schick]

Dr. Schick is an assistant professor in the department of management, policy and community health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Dr. Sarah Calabrese, an associate research scientist in epidemiology at Yale, used data from an Internet-based survey of over 20,000 Black, White, Latino, and Asian MSM residing in the United States, who were recruited from online websites facilitating social or sexual interactions with other men. Dr. Calabrese led the study along with Dr. Joshua Rosenberger, an assistant professor of global and community health at George Mason University. Mr. David S. Novak from OLB Research Institute, Online Buddies Inc. also co-authored the study.

The research was supported by the OLB Research Institute and Award Numbers K01MH103080, T32MH020031, and P30MH062294 from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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