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Vanguard

The Vanguard Project (1995-2002)

The Vanguard Project is a study of HIV rates and risk factors in young men between the ages of 15 and 30, who self-identify as gay or bisexual, in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Recruitment began in May 1995 and ended in March 2002 and men were recruited through posters, advertising and word-of-moth. Participants completed annual self-administered questionnaires and provided blood samples for HIV testing either annually or every 6 months. The study is coordinated by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, which is a joint project of St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia, and funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Health Canada), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Plaseczna MA, Craib KJ, Li K, Chan K, Weber AE, Strathdee SA, Martindale S, Schechter MT, Hogg RS. Longitudinal patterns of sexual behaviour and condom use in a cohort of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1995-2000. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2001 Oct 1;28(2):187-93. PubMed
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Weber AE, Craib KJ, Chan K, Martindale S, Miller ML, Schechter MT, Hogg RS. Sex trade involvement and rates of human immunodeficiency virus positivity among young gay and bisexual men. Int J Epidemiol. 2001 Dec;30(6):1449-54; discussion 1455-6. PubMed
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Strathdee SA, Martindale SL, Cornelisse PG, Miller ML, Craib KJ, Schechter MT, O’Shaughnessy MV, Hogg RS. HIV infection and risk behaviours among young gay and bisexual men in Vancouver. CMAJ. 2000 Jan 11;162(1):21-5. PubMed
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Craib KJ, Weber AC, Cornelisse PG, Martindale SL, Miller ML, Schechter MT, Strathdee SA, Schilder A, Hogg RS. Comparison of sexual behaviours, unprotected sex, and substance use between two independent cohorts of gay and bisexual men. AIDS: 2000 Feb 18;14(3):303-11 PubMed
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Heath KV, Cornelisse PG, Strathdee SA, Palepu A, Miller ML, Schechter MT, O’Shaughnessy MV, Hogg RS. HIV-associated risk factors among young Canadian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who have sex with men. Int J STD AIDS. 1999 Sep;10(9):582-7. PubMed
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Strathdee SA, Hogg RS, Martindale SL, Cornelisse PG, Craib KJ, Montaner JS, O’Shaughnessy MV, Schechter MT. Determinants of sexual risk-taking among young HIV-negative gay and bisexual men. J Acquir Immune Defi Syndr Hum Retrovirol. 1998 Sep 1;19(1):61-6. PubMed
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