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The POEMS research study (short for PrEP Options, Exploring Messages to plan for Sex) aims to learn how we can help young men find a PrEP option that works best with their usual sex routine.

Participants don’t need to be using PrEP to be in the study, but we do need their help to understand how folks typically do or don’t plan for sex. Through the use of online surveys and daily text messages, we’ll ask questions about any sex they’ve had in the past 24 hours, and whether they think they’ll have sex or are planning to have sex in the next 24 hours.

POEMS is for young men 16-24 years old with reliable access to a smartphone.


Principal Investigators: Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH & Keith Horvath, PhD
Project Manager: Zach Soberano