Studies Open to Enrollment

Network Epidemiology of Syphilis Transmission (NEST) Phase 1: Pilot

NEST is being conducting to address the syphilis epidemic occurring across the United States.  By administering an online questionnaire to participants, this study seeks to understand how social and sexual contacts, sexual behavior and health care utilization contribute to new syphilis infections among MSM in Chicago.

This study hopes to enhance public health interventions to reduce syphilis transmission. Despite syphilis being a clinically relevant disease for centuries, we continue to lack knowledge regarding the immune response to syphilis. Current diagnostic testing lacks distinction between new and previously treated syphilis infection.

As a component of this study, participant blood, urine and saliva will be collected to study the immune response to enhance current diagnostic testing for syphilis.

UIC Principal Investigator(s):

  • Richard M. Novak, MD
  • Andrew Trotter, MD, MPH

Study Coordinator:

  • Renyce Powell

Community Affairs Specialist:

  • Charles Peterson

INSTRUCTIONS: In order to add a sidebar anchor:

  1. Duplicate the existing item, listed as a 1/6 text field. (Or create a 1/6 column and add a text field, modify the class so it's exactly "additionalAnchor").
  2. Modify the text field inside the 1/6 column. Inside there, modify the HYPERLINK so that it would go to a corresponding section with a "#" in front of it. (Example, we have a "chief" section on the page, then it would make sense to have the hyperlink go to "#chief")
  3. Then change the hyperlink TEXT to a appropriate label.
  4. IMPORTANT: If not done already, go into that CONTAINER that corresponds to your anchor (i.e. Meet The Chiefs), and add an ID matching the anchor's HYPERLINK WITHOUT the "#", i.e. "chief".
  5. (If using side bar widget box, then there's a saved copy of a widget box COLUMN, grab it in the column library, it should 1/6 of a length of a column.)

NOTE: Order added to the sidebar is from last to first.