You have a magic vagina! In this report we describe the methods used to recruit the cohort and the baseline data from over black and white non-Hispanic MSM enrolled in Atlanta from — Among HIV-positive participants, infection awareness, engagement in HIV care, mean CD4 count, and mean log10 viral load, were computed and compared by race using chi-square and t-tests. Men who clicked through the banner advertisement were screened for eligibility online; men who were eligible were called and invited to attend an in-person enrollment visit, at which time eligibility criteria were confirmed during informed consent. The presence of TV was determined with Taq-Man PCR, using a test developed and validated at Emory which employs a homogenous kinetic polymerase chain reaction to amplify and detect a conserved part of a repeated DNA fragment of TV . Men who reported, either in the study questionnaire or to their HIV test counselor, that they had previously tested HIV-positive were considered to be aware of their HIV infection. The goal of eligibility criteria was to produce a community-based sample of MSM at substantial risk for HIV infection. Sampling calendars for the month could also include up to 3 purposively selected VDTs. Received Aug 16; Accepted Feb 1. You are using witchcraft! Those willing to participate were asked to provide detailed contact information for the purposes of scheduling the baseline enrollment visit at the study offices. And just because we're 23 years into democracy, doesn't mean people's minds have changed. Beginning in October , participants were also tested for rectal GC and CT using self-collected rectal swab specimens. Would you like me to find out how Hitler or Verwoerd are? For the continuous characteristics of the census tracts where participants lived, means were computed and compared using t-tests. All participants who tested positive for an STI were notified and referred to a community treatment provider with treatment costs paid by the study. Our aim is to describe the characteristics of the cohort in terms of the multi-level framework described above, and to use baseline data from the cohort to describe differences in the levels of individual, sexual dyad and network, and community-level factors between enrolled black and white MSM.