Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study


SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said.

From Illinois HIV Care Connect:

The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories:

  • Living with HIV and not an injection drug user
  • Living with HIV and an injection drug user
  • HIV negative and not an injection drug user
  • HIV negative and an injection drug user

Participants have to complete a survey, do an HIV test (unless you already know that you are HIV-positive), submit a urine sample and have 2 oral swabs done. There is compensation for your time.

Interested participants can contact Ruth Ann Bertram at the Phoenix Center to set up a date and time or come in on Tuesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon.

The research is to look at the differences in oral health based on your HIV status and drug use status. Please tell your friends/colleagues. Phoenix Center has to collect info and specimens on 80 men in the next couple of months.