COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sarah Piperato, a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to conduct a sexual minority health study.

The focus of the investigations is on health and stress among sexual minority women in the Greater Charlotte area. Information is collected online through a 15-minute survey.

Participants must be 18 or older and identify with any sexual identity other than heterosexual. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $250 Amazon gift cards.


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