MDMA Project: MDMA and STD/HIV Risk among hidden Networks of Ecstasy-Using Young Adults
The purpose of this study was to discover whether and in what ways MDMA contributes to sexual behavior and decision making, and when its use is associated with lack of protection. One component of the study examined the current status of ecstasy use and distribution, at a time when use appeared to be rising, and perceptions of risk were low. The study explored beliefs or scripts about MDMA use, where and why it is used and whether it is connected to sexual risk taking. The study also obtained from current users real life stories of MDMA use and sexual behavior and used new analytic techniques to tease out when MDMA makes a difference in sexual decisions and when it does not. The goal was to build an intervention that enhances agency by identifying and promoting continued use of protection in situations where protection is typically used, while avoiding situations when it is not.