UCSF Phone Study

Our team at UCSF is doing a study of confidential, non-judgmental counseling delivered over the telephone. The counseling session is called Personalized Cognitive Counseling—PCC for short. When the session is done on the phone, it’s called TelePCC. If you agree to be in this study, you will participate in a TelePCC session on your phone.

More About the Phone Study

Participating in the study involves a phone conversation with a counselor that lasts up to 40 minutes: 10 minutes to explain the study and ask for your consent and 30 minutes to talk about a recent time you had unprotected sex.

If you participate, you will complete 2 web-based surveys—one right after the call, and one 3 months later. Each survey takes about 20 minutes. You’ll be paid $20 for completing the first survey and $40 for the second. You can also take part in a phone interview to tell us about your experience and be paid another $30. (The total payment for completing all three steps is $90). You can withdraw from the study at any time.

You can be in the study if you are:

  • age 18 or older
  • a man who has sex with men
  • have not tested positive for HIV
  • have had anal intercourse with a male who you weren’t sure was negative, while unprotected by a condom or PrEP.

If you are interested in participating in the study:

Call 833-TELEPCC (833-835-3722) at one of these times:

  • Monday 5pm–7pm
  • Tuesday 5pm–7pm
  • Wednesday 1pm–3pm
  • Thursday 9:30am–11:30 am

Please call when you have about 40 minutes of free time and can talk in a private place without being overheard.


The project is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and is conducted by University of California, San Francisco with Allen/Loeb Associates. UCSF Principal Investigator: James W. Dilley, MD.