FAQ about studies
Q: Do you have any studies I can join?
Yes! Scroll up to see our list of enrolling studies at the top of this page or email email@example.com to learn more.
Q: Can I enroll in more than one study at once?
Generally, we encourage people to participate in one study at the time, especially for studies that are researching interventions. For studies that do not involve interventions, it may be possible to participate in more than one study. Ask the study staff for more information. If you're participating in a study with a different organization and want to join one of our studies, our study staff can also discuss whether you are able to enroll in our study in more detail by phone.
Q: Where do study activities take place?
All study activities take place at our office in San Francisco, CA, located on the 5th floor at 25 Van Ness (at the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Market Street).
Q: What are the risk and benefits of participating in a study?
There are different potential risks and benefits of participating in each study. You will learn about this during the screening process as you decide if the study is a good fit for you. In general, there is no guaranteed individual benefit to participating in research, as the interventions are still being tested. Your participation will hopefully lead to public health improvements that will benefit the larger community.
Q: Will my privacy be protected?
Yes, we do our best to make sure your information is kept private. Personal information is stored in locking cabinets and secured databases. Upon enrolling in a study, you will receive a study ID which is what we will use on all study documentation instead of your name. The only individuals who may access your identifying information are study staff and monitoring agencies in the event of an audit. No data will be included in your medical record, nor disclosed to your provider or anyone outside the study team without your explicit consent, even in the case of a court-ordered subpoena.
Q: Do I have to stop using substances to participate?
No, abstinence is not required for any of our studies. We follow the principles of harm reduction that aim to reduce the negative consequences associated with substance use while respecting the dignity and rights of those who use them.