The risks of participating in this study are less than minimal, however, you may experience some discomfort. Participants will be asked personal questions about sexual behaviors, alcohol and drug use, which might cause some emotional discomfort.
Results from HIV, Hepatitis tests or substance abuse screenings might also cause discomfort. Mild physical discomfort might be caused by the thumb prick or sight of blood during the HIV and/or Hepatitis test. Should you experience any emotional and/or physical discomfort, you are invited to contact the Texas Southern University Counseling Center at (713) 313-7804 or Psychiatrist at (713) 313-1125, the Texas Southern University Health Center at (713) 313-7173, or the Crisis Intervention Hotline at (713) 468-5463 for service support. Additional emotional support and/or referrals can also be obtained by making an appointment for a free visit with the TSU SHAPE Initiative Social Work Case Manager or Licensed Clinical Social Worker by phone at (713) 313-7426 or by email TSUSHAPEINITIATIVE@tsu.edu. A copy of the Informed Consent will be given to you so that you will have a copy of this information for your records.
Although there is no direct benefit for participating in this study, the results from this study will help to identify how the TSU SHAPE Initiative and community organizations can work together to better address education, testing and treatment needs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, substance use/dependence, and health service access. The confidential results of this study will be provided to Substance Abuse Mental Health Services (SAMHSA). The confidential results of this study may also be used in professional journals, educational purposes and/or professional presentations. All results will be aggregated, and no identifying individual information will be used.
Incentives for participation
The incentives for participating in the TSU SHAPE Initiative Individual session include free screening and testing services, as well as free brief counseling, health education, referrals, and case management services. Participants might also receive wearable incentives, such as a health-themed bracelet, bag or t-shirt, as available.
If you have any questions about participation in this study, please contact Dr. Grace A. Loudd, Principal Investigator of this study at (713) 313-1194, or by email at Grace.Loudd@tsu.edu.