The Momentum Health Study

Momentum is a sexual health study for men in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • You are eligible to participate if you have received a study voucher either in hard copy or by email from someone you know.

    Here's what our study voucher looks like.

  • Momentum recruits participants based on a social network model. New partici­pants are always the friends and acqu­aintances of former participants. (See diagram)

    Our sampling strategy gives us statist­ically significant data which is invaluable for sexual health research.

    If you have received a study voucher and are interested in participating, call us at 604-558-2017 to make a study visit appointment!

What can I win?

  • $2000 travel voucher

  • $250 Apple Store gift card

  • Up to $110 in cash

What can I expect at my appointment?

Your study visit has two main components: a computer‐based questionnaire and some simple medical procedures. Most participants take approximately 1½ – 2 hours to complete everything.

Below is a clear walkthrough of what you can expect when you visit our study office:

  1. Study Overview (10 mins)

    Our trained study staff will review the main procedures of the study with you. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and all information will be kept completely secure and confidential at all times.

  2. Questionnaire (60 mins)

    Our questionnaire, which is computer-​based and self-administered, will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes to complete. You'll be asked to recall your behaviour in the past six months on topics such as mental health, sexual behaviour, and substance use. The questionnaire will also ask you about your attitudes and beliefs regarding HIV risk, and knowledge of HIV and treat­ment as prevention.

  3. Clinical Component (30 mins)

    A registered nurse from VCH will conduct the clinical component of our study. The nurse will collect some brief information about your health, administer a point-of-care rapid HIV test, and collect two small blood samples for syphilis and hepatitis C testing. We also offer, at your request, other clinically relevant sexual health services, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea testing and treatment, immu­nizations, and healthcare referrals.