The PITCH (Preventing Infection Through Community Health) Study is part of a national health survey funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Seattle is one of 22 large cities in the U.S. participating in the study.
Each year we survey one of three different populations to learn about HIV prevalence, sex and drug use, HIV testing, and use of local HIV prevention programs. The survey provides up-to-date information to help improve HIV prevention in King County. Seattle has been an important and successful part of this effort since 2005. Starting in early June of 2017, the PITCH Study team will be out in the community conducting a men’s health survey.
How to get involved
The PITCH Study team will be out in the community actively approaching men throughout the King County area at various venues and events, starting in early June and ending sometime in the fall of 2017. Recruitment is conducted in a systematic way that is intended to reduce any potential bias of the study sample. For additional information about the PITCH Study contact Courtney Moreno, PITCH Study Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-263-2035.
- Members of the community are not able to volunteer for the PITCH Study but please remember to SAY YES if approached and asked to participate in the men’s health survey for 2017.
- A few questions are asked of respondents to see if they are selected for the study. Those who are selected by the computer and agree to participate are eligible to earn up to $75 for their time.
- All information collected is confidential and anonymous.
- Surveys are conducted in a private location to ensure the confidentiality of all participants.
What participants are asked to do
Participants complete a detailed survey. The survey information is completely anonymous, and we never ask for names. Participants are offered an anonymous rapid HIV test and can get HIV counseling and information about community resources if desired. It takes about an hour, and we pay people up to $75 for their time in the form of a Visa gift card that is activated and ready to use right away.
How information will be used
Information collected from community members is used to help improve HIV prevention services throughout King County, as well as highlight some of the great work already being done in partnership with many community based organizations. To see what some of the information collected looks like, check out the infographic on this page.
For additional data requests, please contact PITCH Study Principal Investigator, Sara Glick, at email@example.com or 206-263-2044.