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What is PrEPare for Work?

PrEPare for Work is a research study to test a program for male sex workers or men who exchange sex for money, goods, housing, drugs, or other items of value. Our program is for those who are interested in learning more about the HIV prevention medication PrEP and discussing their options around sexual health.  

If you are interested and would like to see if you are eligible for the study, you can get started by completing this survey!

How do I know this is a real study? 

This study is run by Brown University, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Open Door Health, the Miriam Hospital, and Project Weber/RENEW.  

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funds research studies nationwide to improve health and save lives. Here is the link to our NIH Clinical Trials page.


This study is approved by a research oversight group known as an Institutional Review Board to protect research volunteers. You may contact the UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP) at or by phone at (310) 206-2040.  

How do I contact the study team? 

If you are closer to the greater Providence, Rhode Island area, please contact the Brown study team at (401) 863-5684 or  

If you are located closer to California, please contact the UCLA study team at 424-256-3999 or  

If you are not sure who to contact, you can contact any study team. You are welcome to contact us any time; however, we can only guarantee a response during business hours, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  

Will you share my information with anyone else? 

We take the privacy of our volunteers and participants very seriously. We will not share your information with anyone outside of the study team unless: 

1. You give us explicit permission to share your information. 

2. We are required by law to share your information: in other words, suspected child or elder abuse or infectious disease reporting to your local health department.   

3. You are at immediate risk to harm yourself or others: for example, you have an active plan to commit suicide, you threaten to hurt the research staff, etc.  

Will you ever share my information with police or law enforcement? 

As a last resort for extreme cases, we may dial 9-1-1 in emergency medical, life or death situations.  

The study is covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that the research staff cannot share any identifying information, even if ordered by a court of law, unless you give us permission to do so.  

I'm interested! How do I get started?

To see if you may be eligible, you can get started by completing this secure, confidential survey. If it seems like you may be eligible, a study staff member will contact you with the next steps.

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