mSTUDY: Protecting L.A.’s Young Men of Color
The Center is currently seeking Latino and African American/Black men who have sex with men (MSM) to participate in an ambitious and groundbreaking study that will start to address racial disparities in HIV infection rates, an urgent public health concern affecting young minority men who have sex with men.
With the support of a $7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the mSTUDY is led by a collaborative team of investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles, and two community-based sites in Los Angeles: the Center and the UCLA Vine Street Clinic.
There is an alarmingly high rate of HIV infection among minority MSM (MMSM). Compared to the rate of 3 percent among white MSM, Latino MSM test positive for HIV at a rate of nearly 5 percent; African American MSM test positive at a rate of 6 percent.
Half of the participants in the study will be substance users, since substance use, especially use of stimulants, is highly correlated with HIV infection. This specific study population will also improve researchers’ ability to clarify drug-related factors that challenge the treatment of HIV infections.
As part of the mSTUDY, over a five-year period, the Center will enroll 540 HIV-positive Latino and Black MSM, both substance and non-substance users, between the ages of 18 and 45. The Vine Street Clinic will recruit the HIV-negative participants.
Participants will attend study visits every six months to assess their general health, adherence to antiretroviral medications, drug use, and sexual risk behaviors. At these visits, participants will receive a full physical exam, laboratory tests to monitor their HIV, and STI testing, as well as referral for care as needed.
Prospective HIV positive study participants can contact the Center for more information at 323-993-8912 or [email protected].
Potential participants who are HIV negative or don’t know their status can contact UCLA Vine Street Clinic at 866-449-8252 or [email protected].