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CARIMIS - Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey

Duration: July 2011 - December 2012

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HISTORY: During 2011 and 2012 Sigma Research was commissioned to support the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team to investigate the experiences of gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) across the Caribbean. On behalf of UNAIDS we designed and administered a survey called The Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS), which was a short, anonymous online survey for completion by men who have sex with men or who are attracted to men. It asked about relationships, sex lives, risks and precautions and use of health services. CARIMIS was implemented across the wider Caribbean, in multiple languages – English, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

METHODS: The goals for CARIMIS were to: assess behavioral risks among Caribbean MSM, and evaluate the potential of using the internet to recruit MSM not reached through more traditional sampling methods. Ultimately, CARIMIS sought to determine whether gay men and other men who have sex with men have access to HIV testing and prevention. Data collection for CARIMIS occurred from November 2011 to June 2012. Popular commercial internet sites promoted the survey among Caribbean MSM alongside promotion by Civil Society Organisations and Networks. Participation in the survey was voluntary and anonymous, and no identifying information was collected from participants. No reimbursements (money or otherwise) were offered. Participants had to be at least 18 years of age, residents of one of the Caribbean countries or territories, and must have been male at birth. Ultimately, the 3,567 men living in 33 Caribbean countries and territories returned the survey and were included in our analyses.

In October 2014, the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team released a final summary report of the research; a press statement and a range of videos promoting the main findings of the survey. The launch of the findings was also accompanied by coverage on the main UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team website.

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Key contact: Adam Bourne

Tagged under: All gay & bisexual men