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COMPARE Screener


Thank you for your interest in the COMPARE study! Before we go on, we must determine whether you are eligible with a short survey. Here's some things you need to know:
  1. Your answers are confidential: we don't have any information about who you are beyond the questions you answer.
  2. This survey includes some personal questions. You can choose to not answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable.
  3. If you are eligible, you will be asked to provide contact information so you can be contacted by study staff to participate in the study.
1. Do you consent to be screened? *This question is required.

Thank you for your interest in the COMPARE study! The goal of COMPARE is to create an app for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men to increase HIV/STI testing and PrEP uptake. The purpose of our research study is to get opinions and feedback on our app from young men who have sex with men.

We are currently looking for gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men who can take part in a 6 to 12-month study. Participants will attend an in-person or online enrollment visit, where some participants will be asked to download the LYNX or MyChoices app to their Android or iOS smart phone, and use it for 6 to 12 months. All participants will be asked to complete an online survey at enrollment and 3 and 6 months after the enrollment visit. Some participants, based on enrollment date, will also be asked to complete an online survey 7-12 months after the enrollment visit. 

Before we can move forward, we must determine whether you are eligible with a short screening process which will take approximately 5 minutes. The screening process is optional, and you may choose at any time not to participate. If you choose to proceed, we will ask you a few questions today, and your answers will determine whether or not you are eligible to participate in a larger research study.

This screening survey asks questions about sensitive topics like your HIV status, whether you take medication for HIV prevention, and sexual behaviors. You can decide to stop answering questions at any time. If you don't answer all the questions, we may not be able to determine if you are eligible for the study. If you provide your contact information in this screener, you are consenting for study staff to contact you about the study.

If you are not eligible for the study, you can choose to have your name and contact information kept by the study team if you would like to be contacted about future research studies. Your information will be kept on a secure computer server. If you choose not to be contacted for future studies, we will not ask for your name or other contact information. If you are eligible and choose to participate in the study, you will be asked similar questions at the enrollment visit to verify your eligibility. 

If you have questions or concerns about this study, you may contact the following study staff:

  • In Boston, contact Julian Dormitzer at the Fenway Institute at or 617-927-6309.
  • In Bronx, contact Tina Alford at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore at or 718-882-0232.
  • In Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, contact Jacob Stocks at UNC-Chapel Hill at or 984-364-0127.
  • In Atlanta, contact Marc Padilla at PRISM Health at or 404-727-1382.
  • In Chicago, contact Ryan Muench at Cook County Health and Hospitals System at or 312-869-4289.
  • In Tampa, contact Amayvis Garcia at University of South Florida at or 813-410-4105.
  • In Houston, contact Gabby Hayes at Baylor College of Medicine at or 832-876-9526.
  • In Philadelphia, contact Anderson Schlupp at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at or 215-370-6446.
  • In Charlotte, contact Jesse Elkins at RAIN a or 704-207-8977.
  • If you live in other areas, contact Jonathan Hill‑Rorie at or 857-313-6933

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Institutional Review Board at 919-966-3113 or by email to

Our privacy policy: Just so you know, any information shared in this survey is strictly confidential and will only be used for research study purposes. Data are encrypted on this survey to minimize the risk of breach of confidentiality. All the information that I gather from you today is stored on a secure computer server.