The bar outreach/recruitment program consists of a 5-10 minute survey, done at the bars, where Latino gay bar patrons are asked to answer 8 questions. The surveys are administered by trained outreach workers, within one-to-one conversations at the bars. The survey serves two major purposes. First, by asking bar patrons to reflect on issues related to HIV/AIDS and safer sex, the survey constitutes a brief outreach intervention to promote discussion and awareness of concerns related to HIV transmission and prevention. Second, the brief survey serves as advertisement and recruitment for the group interventions.
The survey questions cover some of the topics to be discussed in the group sessions. Thus, the survey gives bar patrons the experience of an informal, friendly but serious conversation about issues of concern to Latino gay men, including sexuality and HIV. The survey is designed to give bar patrons a flavor of the kinds of topics and the kinds of discussion that can and will happen in the small group intervention.
The survey asks the following questions:
HI! I AM A MEMBER OF THE PROGRAM HERMANOS DE LUNA Y SOL AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES.
I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS THAT COULD HELP US HAVE A BETTER PROGRAM.
THIS INTERVIEW IS COMPETELY ANONIMOUS AND CONFIDENTIAL..I DON’T NEED YOUR NAME.
1. How do you identify yourself with respect to sexual orientation?
2. Where, other than the bar, can you meet, talk and have fun with other Latino gay men?
3. As a Latino gay man, what are you mostly concerned about?
4. Please tell me how important are the following concerns to you (to be rated on a 4-point scale of relative importance).
rejection of gay people
5. Who can you talk to about these concerns on a regular basis?
6. On a scale of 1-10, how concerned are you about AIDS/HIV?
7. What is the most difficult thing for you about the practice of safer sex?
8. What has helped you the most to practice safer sex?
At the end of the interview, participants are given a condom and a token valid for a non-alcoholic drink at the bar; they are thanked for their participation in the survey and given a card with the name, logo and phone number of the program. They are told the following:
“We have organized a program that brings together Latino gay/bisexual men to discuss our most important concerns in a friendly and confidential small-group atmosphere. We get together in groups of 8-10 (with a facilitator who is also a Latino gay man) and have group discussions about some of the topics we just talked about. If you have questions about our program or are interested in coming to the groups, please call this number.”
Men are enrolled for the group meetings as they call the project number.
Last modified: February 7, 2011