I wanted to share a little bit of information about a study I’m working on—it’s called LifeSkills, and it’s an HIV prevention intervention that is currently being tested here at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Can you share this information with your networks? I’d greatly appreciate it!
LifeSkills is a 12 month research study that focuses on empowering young transgender women to reduce sexual risk behavior and improve their lives. Participants of any HIV status are welcome. Participants in LifeSkills will receive free HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing and counseling. Some participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of group sessions with other trans women that focus on health, including HIV. The group sessions are led by staff of Lurie Children’s Hospital who also identify on the trans feminine spectrum. Participants are compensated up to $265 over the course of the study.
Participants may be eligible if they are:
• A transgender/transsexual woman (MTF), trans female or identify on the trans feminine spectrum
• Ages 16-24
• Sexually active
Jane Hereth, MSW
Clinical Research Coordinator
Center for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention
Lurie Children’s Hospital
This is a resource forwarded to us on the Chicago Trans Coalition’s email list. This program is also available in Boston. We do not know anyone who has participated in this program, but if someone does, and if you feel comfortable, please let us know if this is a safe resource for trans women. Thank you!