The Men of Asia Testing for HIV (MATH) Study consortium is a multi-level, national research partnership that aims to collect behavioral and epidemiological data on 2000 Asian American and Pacific Islander men who have sex with men (MSM) conducted at 7 community-based partner sites in five major metropolitan areas to reflect the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the community health infrastructure responding to it.
The research also aims to build a mutually beneficial partnership that will enhance this response and collect data that is most beneficial to the community. In addition, national data on Asian American and Pacific Islander MSM collected through this consortium will use statistical power to shed light on the low prevalence reported in both local and national surveillance data. Involving community in a research study optimizes relevance and the use of data and findings of the study. With the need for a national data set on Asian American and Pacific Islander MSM, participation of members of the target population, community stakeholders, and service providers is pertinent in shaping a culturally relevant study design, producing useful data analysis, and the appropriate dissemination of findings.
MATH Consortium Participants
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Massachusetts Asians and Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP for Health), Boston
Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), New York
AIDS Services In Asian Communities (ASIAC), Philadelphia
Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT), Los Angeles
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), San Jose
Asian Health Services (AHS), Oakland
Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center (APIWC), San Francisco