RELEVANCE: Determining whether a patient is both feeling better and improving physiologically when treating people living with HIV (PLWH) for methamphetamine use disorder (MUD) requires identification of a clinically significant measure separate from abstinence. This study aims to address this challenge by testing a gene expression pattern identified by the field of social genomics, which may provide insight into both psychosocial health and biological processes that impact chronic disease risk in PLWH receiving MUD treatment.

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this study is examine methamphetamine treatment and its impact on immune function and mental health. It aims to investigate whether a neurally regulated “stress” gene expression pattern can serve as a clinically meaningful, non-abstinence-based endpoint for contingency management for methamphetamine (METH) use disorder (MUD) in MSM living with HIV.

STATUS: This study is currently active and enrolling participants at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. Click here for more information.