Report: NIH has spent more than $8M on study of gay, transgender teens

A new report purports to expose yet another questionable investment of U.S. taxpayer money by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the guidance of individuals like Dr. Anthony Fauci.

In a report published Thursday, the Washington Free Beacon claims the NIH has spent over $8 million on a study that gives money to gay and transgender boys in exchange for information about their sexual behavior.

“MyPEEPS Mobile”

The millions of dollars in taxpayer money has gone to Columbia University as part of a study that began a decade ago, in 2012.

According to the Free Beacon, it started off with the NIH giving the university $300,000 between 2012 and 2013 to develop an app to be used in the study, known as “MyPEEPS Mobile.” The app was designed for “young men who have sex with men,” a grant and report on the study obtained by the Free Beacon said, and reportedly provides “interactive games and activities” meant to teach those who use it how to minimize risk in their sex lives.

The remaining $7.9 million in taxpayer money handed out by the NIH is said to have been distributed “since 2016 for Columbia researchers to study the data it collects,” the Free Beacon reported.

In exchange for participating in the study and using the app, each of the boys is given up to $275 each by Columbia University.

13 to 18

Participants are said to range in age from as young as 13 to 18. What’s more, parental consent is apparently not required. The Free Beacon reports:

According to one of the program’s studies, teenaged participants in the pilot trial were “recruited” to use the app in six different cities and traveled to attend “interventions” to discuss the sex education program, all without parental permission.

Researchers were reportedly able to obtain a parental permission waiver because the study posed “minimal risk to its subjects.” The leader of the study, Dr. Rebecca Schnall, said such a waiver was necessary to ensure accurate data could be collected.

“If parental permission were sought, then our study participants may not be willing to participate in this study because they will fear their parents’ knowledge of their sexuality and sexual activities,” Schnall explained.

That’s not all

The Washington Free Beacon also reports that the NIH gave some $432,000 to Columbia Unversity in 2015 “to study how dating apps impact risky sexual behavior for gay men.”

The outlet said “other studies include HIV risk of cannabis use among [B]lack gay men in Chicago and alcohol-involved sexual assault among bisexual women.”

This is where some of your tax dollars are going.

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