The UCLA Vine Street Clinic (UVSC) was established in 2005 in order to study the diffusion of HIV among methamphetamine user networks. Since that time, it has served as a site for clinical trials, behavioral research, and direct services focusing on the treatment of addiction, HIV prevention, and the intersection of the two. It is unique in its location, bringing the best in academia from UCLA into a transitional neighborhood of predominately working poor, a population designated as a medically underserved area. The facility includes exam and counseling rooms for patient care, a lab for collection and storage of biological samples, and group meeting space. Current services available at the clinic are detailed below. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (866) 449-UCLA or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotes from former UCLA Vine Street Clinic patients:
“Today marks the sixtieth consecutive day of my sobriety. I owe so much to you for guiding me out of the darkness. You are all key pieces that complete a heroic group of which truly saves lives.” February 2014.
“You are all very important people to me still. I am very grateful to the entire staff for helping me during a difficult period. But I’m proud to say I have turned a new leaf and am challenging myself in new and creative endeavors.” October 2013.
Current Services Available
PHASE II RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF IBUDILAST FOR METHAMPHETAMINE DEPENDENCE
Following up on the Phase I safety trial, the objective of this study is to test the safety and potential efficacy of ibudilast to treat methamphetamine dependence. The safety and tolerability of ibudilast for the treatment of methamphetamine was tested and pilot data on the medication’s effectiveness was promising. This outpatient study for treatment seeking, methamphetamine-dependent persons is currently being conducted at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic in Hollywood.
MSM AND SUBSTANCES COHORT AT UCLA LINKING INFECTIONS NOTING EFFECTS (MASCULINE)
The goal of this project is to assemble a cohort of minority men who have sex with men (MMSM) who actively use substances and engage transmission risks. This will facilitate studies on interactions between substance use and HIV progression and/or transmission. This important cohort of MMSM will characterize: (i) effects substance use on risk behaviors, and network dynamics in exposed and infected MMSM on acquisition of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs: gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis, Hepatitis C (HCV)); and (ii) the extent to which substance use in MMSM facilitates behaviors that transmit HIV compared to non-drug using MMSM.
The goal of this study is to identify the range and nature of adaptive strategies that are being used to stay safe from HIV infection. It is a joint project of RAND and UCLA. If you are an HIV-negative, black man who has sex with men, aged 18-35, and are interested in the study, call (323) 309-3212 and ask for Derek. Eligible participants will complete a confidential 30-45 minute survey about HIV risk behaviors and receive a free HIV test. Participants will be compensated $30 for completing the survey. Participants will also be asked if they are interested in recruiting up to 3 of their friends to participate in the study and receive $15 for each eligible friend.
SMART RECOVERY MEETINGS
The UCLA Vine Street Clinic provides space for weekly Smart Recovery meetings. SMART Recovery® (Self Management And Recovery Training) helps individuals gain independence from addiction using evidence-based approaches. The program offers specific tools and techniques to help individuals build and maintain motivation; cope with urges, manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and live a balanced life. These meetings are free and open to everyone. All you have to do is show up. For more information on the program or to check meeting dates and times, visit http://www.smartrecoveryla.org/.
According to a 1992 study published in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom. The UCLA Vine Street Clinic has partnered with LA County to provide free condoms to the public. For more information, visit http://lacondom.com/find-free-condoms/.
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