•  The study examines the impact that writing about life experiences has on emotional wellbeing and health.

•  Financial compensation totaling $340 (over eight visits) and free labs are provided to study participants.

•  Participation in this study does not require any changes to current medications. Please call our confidential phone line at (305) 284-5299 to apply or for more information. If you…

       • Are HIV Positive, with

       • T-cells less than 500

       • Have never had an AIDS defining illness


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q. What do you do in the Write study?


A. If you are able to participate in the Write Study you will be asked to attend eight sessions over the course of one year.  During the first session you will be asked to complete a variety if questionnaires and a health care professional will draw your blood.  You will also be asked to write describing in your words the action in a drawing.  We will also collect from you a saliva sample and a urine sample that you will have collected the night prior to your visit.  During the next four sessions you will spend 30 minutes writing an essay about a particular topic.  We will also take a saliva sample during each visit to measure your stress hormones.  The last three sessions will be at 1 month, 3 months & 12 months from your initial visit.  At the 1 month follow up you will be asked to read the essays you previously wrote.


Q. Is what I write confidential?


A. Yes, what you write will never be attributed to you unless we recieve your written permission or are required to by Florida Law (in cases where a minor is being harmed and under other very limited circumstances).  Furthermore we will not disclose to anyone your participation in the study.


Q. If I am interested, how can I get more information or see if I qualify?


A. Just call our confidential phone line at 305-284-5299.  We always try to have a live person answer the phone between the hours of 8:30am - 5pm.  We will answer any questions you may have about our studies and ask you some questions (about 5 minutes worth) to see if you qualify.  A determination will be made by one of our psychologists and someone will call back to notify you.  If you qualify for two of our studies, you can pick the one that you prefer.


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