Join the Study

If you’re a man who has sex with men, and are interested in helping further the health of men just like you, you may want to get involved in research. The Pitt Men’s Study is a confidential research study of the natural history of HIV/AIDS, funded by the National Institutes of Health that has been ongoing in Pittsburgh since 1984.  The Study has followed a cohort of approximately 10,000 men to gather information on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and pathology of the HIV. The Pitt Men’s Study is part of a national study, the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) with sites in Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore as well as Pittsburgh, and is led by medical and social scientists. It is part of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in the Graduate School of Public Health of the University of Pittsburgh.  Participants are seen in a free standing clinic dedicated to this research project. Within the overall study, there are three basic groups:

Study I involves completing a short questionnaire and giving one tube of blood for an HIV antibody test. There is no reimbursement for participating in Study I. However, this study does offer free and confidential screening for HIV while gathering data on health, sexual activity, and recreational drug use. 

Study II and Study III are almost indistinguishable and include a larger blood draw, a wide variety of blood tests (HIV, T cells, viral load for those with HIV, screening for hepatitis, liver function, kidney function, complete blood count, and more), a physical exam, and a more detailed questionnaire. This study is currently open to limited enrollment – please call us for eligibility details. Those who have participated in the past may resume participation at any time. There is a $40 stipend for a basic study visit to cover transportation; those who have a 100 mile or more round trip from their homes to our clinic are eligible for some additional travel reimbursement.

For more information call  412-624-2008 or toll-free at 1-800-987-1963.

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