Optimizing Contingency Management With Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex With Men

Walter Gómez, David Olem, Rick Andrews, Michael V. Discepola, Patricia Ambrose, Samantha E. Dilworth, Adam W. Carrico

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Among men who have sex with men (MSM), methamphetamine use is associated with multiple, overlapping syndemic conditions including increased risk for HIV seroconversion and onward HIV transmission. Contingency management (CM) is an evidence-based behavioral intervention implemented to curb methamphetamine use and optimize HIV/AIDS prevention among MSM in San Francisco since 2003. We conducted a program evaluation to document the evolution of this 12-week CM program to include delivery of brief, individual counseling incorporating motivational interviewing and behavioral skills. A drop-in group delivered concurrently with CM urine-screening visits also provides peer support as well as referrals for other social and medical services. From December 2011–October 2013, a total of 131 clients enrolled in the CM program and provided a median of 22 urine samples (Interquartile Range = 10–34) that were nonreactive for methamphetamine. Findings support the feasibility and acceptability of integrating individual and group counseling with community-based CM for methamphetamine-using MSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2018


  • HIV
  • contingency management
  • men who have sex with men
  • methamphetamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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