The Together Study



The Together Study

The Together Study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. This study is the culmination of years of studies that have focused on gay male couples and their health. We are housed in the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) at San Francisco State University. 

Participation in the study lasts over 9 months. First, we meet with you and your partner to get you started and provide testing. Then, you take part in the two-day Couples Workshop. Afterwards, we'll have follow-up appointments with you at 3, 6, and 9 months to see how the workshop worked for you. Total participation lasts about 10 hours over 9 months. 

If you are eligible and participate through the whole study, you and your partner will both earn $250 each. You receive about $50 per appointment.

The Together Study is approved under the San Francisco State University Institutional Review Board, IRB #H16-12b. 

You can reach us by phone, text, or email.

Text: (510) 852-9230    

Call: (888) 688-1777



What days are the appointments on?

We have Couples Workshops nearly every month, so you can pick one that works for you. Our Couples Workshops usually take place over two Saturdays, but from time to time we have weeknight Couples Workshops for those who can't make Saturdays. Your other appointments are very flexible and can be scheduled around your week. We have appointments as late as 6:00 PM and all day on Saturdays. 

Does my partner have to participate?

Yes, you and your partner must both participate to be considered eligible for the study. You must both attend the appointments at the same time. 

Why do you test?

We do HIV testing and finger prick testing for all participants. We do this as an additional measure to see if the Together Study really works for couples. We have a Confidentiality Certificate from the National Institutes of Health, which means we do not report your HIV status to the county, state, your partner, or anyone else. We are also certified by the State of California for testing and finger pricks.