The Sexual Health Information Project (SHIP) is a multi-state study looking at how people protect their own and others’ sexual health.  The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) implements the project in North Carolina. The Medical College of Wisconsin leads the study.

CHPIR collaborates with health centers, community-based organizations, universities, churches, and public libraries throughout North Carolina to recruit nearly 800 individuals (HIV+ and HIV-). Community partnerships are key to reaching a diverse representation of individuals across the state. Through SHIP, the network of community-campus collaborations is expanding.

Interested individuals call our toll-free number, (855) 259-7447, and are screened over the phone. People who are eligible are invited to attend a session in their region, complete a one-time survey, and attend an educational session.  The written surveys are in English and completed in-person, with a small group of others who are also completing their surveys. All participants are anonymous to study staff and receive a $30 gift card at the end of the session.

Principal Investigator: Carol Galletly

Site Principal Investigator: Kimberly Walker

Site Faculty Principal Investigator: Kathryn Whetten

Project Coordinator: Morgan L. Barlow

Senior Research Aide: Chris Foye

Administrative Assistant: D’annette Carbuccia

SHIP began in North Carolina February 1, 2012. The study ends January 31, 2015.

Other states include Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.