Alcohol & Sexual Decision-Making

Researchers from Boston University, Syracuse University, and the University of South Dakota are working on a study with gay and bisexual men to learn about how alcohol use affects "heat of the moment” sexual decision-making. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

gay & bisexual men (18+)

Drink alcohol

Not using PrEP

Compensation Provided

Conducted online

Study Background

Despite prevention efforts over the past two decades, HIV transmission remains a significant public health concern, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). Along with other contextual factors, alcohol use can affect the decisions you make in the moment about your sexual activity – for example, not using a condom – which can increase your risk of HIV transmission.

The goals of this study are to 1) better understand what links alcohol and arousal with risky sexual behaviors, and 2) evaluate an online health promotion program.

Your participation in this study may help researchers develop better approaches to prevent the spread of HIV. Help advance research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to 1) learn more about how alcohol affects sexual decision making among men who have sex with men, and 2) evaluate a brief online program to encourage healthy sexual choices.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

  • Cisgender men 18 years and older
  • Currently sexually active (have had intercourse with another man in the past 3 months)
  • Drink alcohol
  • Own a smartphone


Exclusion Criteria:

  • HIV-positive
  • Regularly using PrEP

In total, the study will involve three remote study visits over Zoom, two 3-week sessions of brief daily surveys on a smartphone, and a month of health-related phone messages. Participation will take place over the course of 6 months and is 100% online.

Individuals may be compensated up to $596 for participating in this study.

There is no cost for you to participate in the study.