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Frequently Asked Questions about
The California Medical Monitoring Project (MMP)

What is the MMP?
The Medical Monitoring Project (or MMP) is a supplemental surveillance project designed to collect information on the experiences and needs of people living with HIV/AIDS who receive HIV medical care. Data collection is comprised of two components: a one-time face-to-face interview and medical chart abstractions. Survey participants will be asked questions about their medical care, use and need for social services, treatment, sexual and drug use behaviors, quality of life, and stigma/discrimination. Chart abstractions provide more clinical information like lab test dates & results, medications prescribed, and immunization history.
How is the information collected kept confidential?
Strict security and confidentiality guidelines are followed as set by state and federal regulations. Names of patients, providers, and clinics are NOT recorded on any of the data collection forms and will not be sent to the CDC. Data used is aggregated, meaning no information from an individual person or facility can be identified.
Who is sponsoring the project?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration are sponsors of the MMP.
Which states, cities, and US territories are participating in MMP?
The following 23 project areas are currently participating: California; Chicago, Illinois; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Houston, Texas; Illinois; Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Michigan; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York City, New York; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; San Francisco, California; Texas; Virginia; and Washington.

The MMP in California (CAMMP) is being conducted by the California State Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, in cooperation with Stanford University, School of Medicine. San Francisco and Los Angeles are two project sites that are separate from the rest of the state.
What is the importance of MMP?
The Medical Monitoring Project is designed to collect information that can be generalizable to the population of people living with HIV, so as to provide data that more accurately reflects the need for care and prevention services. This data can be used by stakeholders such as HIV prevention community planning groups, providers of HIV care, Ryan White CARE Act planning councils to do the following:
  • to give support to requests for more funding to improve accessibility and availability of medical and social services to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • to help make HIV/AIDS-related policy decisions
  • to improve evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs
  • to improve the quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS
How are participants selected?
In each project area, a sample of HIV care facilities will be randomly selected. From each sampled facility, all patients who receive HIV care at that facility are then randomly selected to participate in the interview. Each project area's health department will work with their sampled facilities to confidentially contact and invite patients to participate. Those patients who complete their interviews will be compensated for their time.

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