for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at UC Irvine UCLA
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Pamina Gorbach, DrPh (ucla)



Despite the widespread availability of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the United States, there remains significant numbers of people living with HIV (PLWH) who fail to achieve and or maintain viral suppression (VS). Disparities persist with the lowest levels of VS among Black individuals, people who use drugs, youth ages 18-24 and people residing in rural areas. Investigators will examine the syndemics underlying these outcomes including substance use, mental health, and barriers to HIV care including racial discrimination, stigma and rural isolation.


This study will follow a digital cohort via the REMAIN App. The REMAIN App is adapted from the HealthMPowerment (HMP) platform and tailored to our focus population's unique needs. Digital cohorts, or eCohorts, utilize the flexibility and capacity of the internet to complement traditional approaches to epidemiological research, helping address some of the limitations and challenges associated with conventional cohort studies.

Aim 1 of this study is to recruit and retain a geographically and demographically diverse cohort of PLWH who are sub optimally engaged in care and with a history of, at high risk for, or not currently virally suppressed. Outcomes for this are levels of recruitment and retention to hit the study objectives to enroll 1,000 PLWH at risk for or experiencing VNS and follow them for up to 48 months. Aim 2 is to evaluate longitudinal patterns of care engagement within the cohort by modeling and advanced epidemiologic methods utilizing remote collection of biomarkers of HIV disease (e.g., viral load), online surveys, and brief, frequent app-based "check-ins". Outcomes include both those related to VS and engagement in care as well as engagement in the digital cohort.


HIV Infections, EPI LOVE, Download the REMAIN App


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Have access to a personal smartphone device;
  • Over 18 years of age;
  • Speak English or Spanish;
  • Living with HIV
  • Are either 1) not currently virally suppressed, 2) not currently engaged in care, or 3) have one or more factors associated with viral non suppression including a history of missed appointments or viral non suppression;
  • Active substance use or mental health disorder;
  • Willing and able to provide written informed consent to take part in the study.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Unwilling or unable to provide reliable contact information;
  • Unwilling to provide blood sample for HIV virology testing;
  • Living with HIV and virally suppressed and not at risk of becoming unsuppressed in the near future.


  • University of California, Los Angeles accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health


accepting new patients
Start Date
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University of California, Los Angeles
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Expecting 1000 study participants
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