What to Expect at Your Screening Visit

If you are coming to the clinic for a research study or clinical trial, first of all we want to say thank you!

At the beginning of your visit, you will be given time to read the Informed Consent Form. This is a document that provides many of the details about the study, including the schedule of visits, participant risks and compensation information.  The clinician will then review and discuss it with you.  The bulk of your visit will be taken up by this discussion. Please do not sign the Informed Consent Form until your questions have been addressed and you have decided that the study is a good fit for you.  You are also welcome to take the consent document home and discuss the content with your family, friends and doctor for additional input on your participation in the study.

If you decide that participation in our research study is right for you, you will be asked to sign the consent form.  A copy will be provided to you for your reference.  Once you have completed this initial process, you are still welcome to ask questions and review the information with your friends, family and doctor.

The clinician will complete your Medical History form with you and clarify any information that may be relevant to your current state of health.  The clinician will draw your blood to verify your HSV and HIV statuses. He or she will perform a physical examination.  You may be asked questions about your current health and medical history.

You will typically not be compensated for your time for the screening visit. You can discuss compensation with the coordinator during the information and consent discussion.