for males ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
study started
estimated completion
Annesa Flentje (ucsf)



This is a pilot study of a new 9-session individually delivered cognitive behavioral intervention targeting sexual minority stress. In this study, 40 HIV+ men sexual minority men will be recruited for the study then will be randomly assigned to either the new 9 session intervention or a writing task condition.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Inflammation Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome HIV Infections Virus Diseases AWARENESS for Sexual Minorities Writing tasks


You can join if…

Open to males ages 18 years and up

  • Provide evidence or documentation of HIV positive status (e.g. a letter of diagnosis or medication bottles with matched photo ID)
  • Be English speaking
  • Be able to consent
  • Sexual activity with a man in the 3 years prior to initial contact or identification as gay or bisexual
  • Not currently be enrolled in formal substance abuse treatment
  • Report at least one occasion of drinking 5 or more drinks or of using an illicit substance in the previous 3 months, but not meet criteria for a severe substance use disorder.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Presence of a severe substance use disorder
  • Presence of current symptoms consistent with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, which would indicate that an intervention targeting these symptoms would be more appropriate.


  • University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco California 94143 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Annesa Flentje (ucsf)
    Authored (or co-authored) 40 research publications. Research interests: Lesbian gay bisexual and transgender health · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · gene expression · sexual minority stress


in progress, not accepting new patients
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