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We are currently trying to recruit adult men who have used anabolic steroids or other performance enhancing drugs in the past year to complete a series visits over the course of a cycle. Participation involves 7-8 visits over the course of eight months, depending on cycle length - over the course of the study, participants receive $400 for their time. We are also looking for control participants who exercise regularly but do not use anabolic steroids - they have the opportunity to earn up to $150 over two visits. Participation is completely confidential - after participating, there is no way to link any identifying information back to the research data.
There is, unfortunately, a lot of stigma associated with steroids and bodybuilding and not much research supporting these negative stereotypes. In our experience, people from all walks of life and of all ages are engaged in this type of drug use, and it is not something just for pro athletes. We find that many are sophisticated in their use and are connected to strong support resources, managing their use without much trouble.
Unfortunately, up to this point we have recruited through visiting various gyms and posting newspaper advertisements, and we have gotten a number of unsophisticated users who are not terribly knowledgeable and engage in practices that few would endorse. We're hoping to get a better balance by reaching out directly to the community through sites like this in hopes of getting a more balanced and accurate sampling of what typical user experiences are. Our research team remains agnostic on the political and moral issues raised by this topic, and our only aim is to be intellectually honest in the research we conduct. We are based at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan.
We would like to emphasize the confidentiality of our research, along with the fact that we are agnostic in our views on anabolic steroid and that we believe that the media often presents an inaccurate depiction of what steroid use actually entails. If you would like to discuss the aims of the study further, or learn more information, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-659-9298 - I or Dr. Hildebrandt, the principal investigator on the study, would be more than happy to speak with you.