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
Community Affairs Specialist: