WHAT IS THIS STUDY?
As part of a national CDC-funded project, we are surveying gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men to find out about their health and healthcare. There are two parts. First you take a survey via a video call with one of our team members (or, if you prefer, by phone). Then you take an HIV test. Earn up to $200 for your participation.
PART 1: TAKE OUR SURVEY
You can take our survey remotely from the comfort of your home. Your answers are anonymous. They will not be linked to your name or any other contact info. One of our team members will ask you questions about your health and sexual experiences. The whole interview takes around an hour and pays $50. You can make up to $200 after you are done with the entire study process. Many past participants have told us that they enjoyed the experience and they were very comfortable with our team members during the interview. If you do not have access to a smart phone or a laptop, you can also take the survey via phone.
PART 2: TAKE RAPID HIV, RAPID HCV, AND STI TESTS
After your survey, you can make an appointment to come into our CrescentCare office at 1631 Elysian Fields, where you will be met by a team member who will give you rapid HIV and rapid HCV tests. These tests are quick and simple. The team member will prick your finger and use a few drops of blood. You will get your answers right away and you will get paid another $30. You can also opt to do a home-based HIV test. You will be given the choice.
The first 200 participants will receive an optional free of charge take-home STI kit including three-site gonorrhea and chlamydia testing as well as HPV testing (value= $170).
Worried about what happens for testing?
We have created four quick videos explaining what to expect from home and office testing.
Just click the image to watch!
HIV Testing Tutorial
At-Home STI Sample
What To Expect From
In-Person Bonne Santé Testing
Interested in learning more about bloodspot collection? Check out this video for what to expect if you are having bloodspots collected and for tips if you are collecting them yourself!
Need help running your OraQuick HIV test? Watch this video to guide you through running the test and reading the results from your home!
Need help collecting and mailing samples for your myLAB Box STI testing kit? Watch this video to guide you through the process for your three-site (genital, oral, and anal) testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV!
PART 3: RECRUITMENT
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY
Since 2008, every three years, our team has surveyed men who have sex with men in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. Please take a look at the findings from our previous studies. Everyone who participates in our survey helps us create more opportunities to improve the health care of men who have sex with men in our community. We are grateful to all of you.
This website was created by the Bonne Santé Nola survy team with the input of New Orleans community members. The surveys and testing we do are part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national survey that takes place in 22 metropolitan areas around the United States. Each year we survey different populations to learn about sexual health, HIV prevalence, and factors that affect people’s sexual health. The data we collect is anonymous and no names or contact info are attached to it. The Bonne Santé team at CrescentCare has been an important and successful part of this effort since 2008. The survey helps us to figure out how best to promote the health and wellness of gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. The findings help the CDC, the state, and the city to allocate resources for the GBM community.
THE BONNE SANTÉ TEAM
Jeremy likes to read, travel, eat, and help people. The latter is what drew him to the Bonne Santé project. Jeremy hails from Philly and received his BA in Spanish from Temple University. He taught English in Costa Rica and has worked closely with the local Latinx LGBTQ community. He enjoys playing volleyball, making costumes, and soaking up the Louisiana sunshine (when it’s not too hot).
Owen was born and raised in Kansas City, and moved to New Orleans to study neuroscience, psychology, and international development at Tulane. He has been very involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy and leadership groups. He plans to pursue a career in medicine, public health, or both. He is an early bird and likes to spend his time walking around the city, reading on the bayou, making costumes, doing yoga, and playing video games.
Jasmine has been working in the field of public health for over 5 years. She is a member of the trans community and has been a trans advocate and leader in her community since 2010. She was a Prevention Specialist, Counselor and Outreach Coordinator at Brotherhood Inc. for 2 years before joining the NHBS-TRANS team at CrescentCare as a Research Associate. Jasmine has been a member of Positively Trans since 2017 and a Consultant/Program Assistant for the Positively Trans Program with the Transgender Law Center since March 2020. In her spare time, she is an actress who has performs at local theaters.
Meredith says she’s not from New Orleans but got here as fast as she could. After attending Loyola University, she moved to Central Texas where she developed a passion for public health education while completing her BA in Anthropology from Texas State University. She returned to New Orleans in 2005, just prior to Hurricane Katrina, attended Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine earning an MPH in Epidemiology concentrating in infectious diseases. When she is not doing research or analyzing data, which she calls “painting by numbers”, she can be found on stages and behind the scenes for local cabaret and drag shows.
Coral is a trans woman born and raised in the New Orleans area, where she is an electronic musician, gym rat, vegan cook, film buff, and community activist.
Conchita is a Louisiana native and has over two decades of social work background. As a Licensed Master Social Worker and community advocate, she has worked in a wide variety of social justice initiatives such as the creation of equitable work for formerly incarcerated individuals, improved health care for houseless individuals living with a diagnosis of HIV, and emergency medical shelters for those affected by hurricanes in Louisiana. As an artist, she has also volunteered her time to at-risk youth programs, cultural events and workshops to teach the public about the beauty and history of her indigenous Mexican roots, spearheading arts collectives and selling her art.
Narquis was born in Israel and moved the U.S. as a child. She has an M.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from UCLA. She has taught courses in medical anthropology at Stanford and Harvard. She focuses her public health work on the cross-section between culture and health, having conducted outreach and research in the U.S., Vietnam, Nigeria, India, and China. She loves horror films, meditating, kayaking, campfires, and is addicted to pilates.
FOR GAY, BI, AND OTHER MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN
Prevention Department, CrescentCare Elysian Fields
- Free confidential rapid HIV and HCV testing, counseling, and referral to treatment as well as assistance in Medicaid enrollment.
- STI testing, diagnosis and treatment, prevention services and education.
- Take Charge Plus and regular Medicaid accepted, as well as private insurance. Financial assistance available for your procedure. If you are eligible for financial assistance you may be asked to bring documentation with you to the health center.
Odyssey House Community Health Center
Quest Diagnostics, Multiple locations in Louisiana
- Testing for HIV/ HCV/ Chlamydia/ Gonorrhea/ Syphilis, out of pocket expense, $299
- Testing also including Hepatitis A & B, blood count, urinalysis and Trichomoniasis, out of pocket, $499