Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Awarded SPAN Grant

ISGMH is proud to announce that Dr. Kathryn Macapagal has been awarded the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) grant for the abstract, “Hookup app use and sexual behavior among adolescent men who have sex with men”.

Geosocial networking applications (‘hookup apps’) to meet men for sex are widely used among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States.  However, it is not known whether minor adolescent MSM (AMSM) also use these apps to meet sex partners.  Working as principal investigator, Dr. Macapagal, along with Drs. David Moskowitz, Jeremy Birnholtz, and Brian Mustanski as co-investigators will research how the use of these apps will pose various ethical, legal, and sexual health concerns (e.g., violations of apps’ TOS agreements, inability to legally consent to sex with partners over 18, the risk of acquiring HIV/STIs).

Findings from this project will establish foundational knowledge on AMSM’s use of hookup apps to meet men for sex and can guide sexual health education and HIV prevention efforts for these youth.  

Congratulations to Dr. Macapagal and Drs. Moskowitz, Birnholtz, and Mustanski on this great award!