The Multiple Morbidities Testing Project (MMTP) is funded by the County of Los Angeles Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP). The purpose of the study is to assess the co-infection rates of HIV and other infectious diseases (hepatitis A, B, C, syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia) among injection drug users (IDUs), men who have sex with men (MSM), and other behavioral risk groups in the greater Long Beach and Los Angeles County areas. The study was re-funded for two years beginning in January 2007. We have tested a total of 1,001 individuals representing the Behavioral Risk Groups identified and targeted by OAPP for services, including gay men, injection drug users, women at sexual risk, and transgenders.
Up to three vials of blood are drawn from each participant by a phlebotomist certified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). One vial is submitted to a state certified laboratory for testing for Hepatitis A, B, C, and syphilis antibodies. The others are prepared on site and transported for storage to our serum bank where they are maintained in a -70°C freezer for the purpose of future Hepatitis-related research. Urine specimens are collected for testing for gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In addition to the blood and urine testing, we obtain several measures of risk behavior on each participant, including the Risk Behavior Assessment (RBA), the Designer Drug Trailer (DDT), and the psychological assessments such as the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST), the Blood-borne Virus Transmission Assessment Questionnaire (BBV-TRAQ) and the Coping Strategies Indicator.
CBRS operates a mobile unit that brings these multiple morbidity testing and counseling services to drug users both in and out of treatment. This mobile program has been operating and receiving funding from L.A. County since 1993. It routinely provides services to drug treatment programs within the south bay areas of Los Angeles County and neighborhoods with a high prevalence of drug abuse. Several studies have been published using data from this program (Klahn, Fisher & Wood, 2001; Fisher, et al. 2006; Reynolds, et al., 2005, and Reynolds, et al., in press).
Participation in research, testing, and counseling programs is based on eligibility. Not all who inquire are eligible to participate.
To find out if you are eligible, or for more information such as testing times and locations, please contact us.