Representatives from RTI International, a nonprofit research group, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, will be in Henderson, Kentucky next week conducting interviews that will be used to help shape future HIV prevention campaigns used nationwide.  Participants are asked to submit to a 60-minute interview about personal awareness, perceptions and behaviors.  Those participants will not only be compensated for their time, they will provide helpful information to researchers that could help shape the messaging for vital HIV prevention efforts.

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Next week's interviews will take place from Monday, August 19th through Thursday, August 22nd.

Researchers are particularly focused on the following demo: anyone between the ages of 18 and 34.  Plus, they are particularly interested in western Kentucky residents who are HIV+ and/or members of the trans community.  Residents from neighboring "rural" western Kentucky counties are eligible to participate.  Daviess and Warren County residents, for example, are ineligible because those counties are not considered "rural" by the limits and definitions of the research study.  Also, residents of Indiana are ineligible.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in the study, you can get more information and see if you're eligible by CLICKING HERE!  Again, a reminder.  You can earn $40 cash just for your participation.

According to recruiters for the study, there is no real deadline to apply. RTI is hoping to fill all available interview slots. Potential interviewees can call in or go online to screen. Be advised that some questions, due to the nature of the study, are quite personal, but necessary given the scope and intent of the project.

This research effort is truly one of the first in the country to focus specifically on rural areas of the U.S.  The ultimate goal is to ensure that the CDC's future marketing and communication efforts speak to all Americans potentially affected and impacted by HIV.  This is why participation from residents in western Kentucky is so important to the project and precisely why RTI International is recruiting locally.