Longitudinal Study of HIV Risk and Resilience among Transgender Female Youth

Dates: 2013-2014

State: California

Client(s): San Francisco Department of Public Health

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Communication, Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology, HIV & Infectious Diseases

Transgender female youth (transyouth) are disproportionately at risk for HIV and other negative health outcomes. Existing data are limited by studies with cross-sectional designs and conveniently sampled participants due to transyouth's hidden and marginalized status. The specific objective of this study was to conduct a longitudinal qualitative and epidemiological study of 300 transgender female youth ages 16-24 years to determine factors that predict and are protective of HIV-related risk behaviors. The long-term goal was to advance the understanding of HIV risk and resilience among transgender female youth in order to develop HIV prevention interventions targeting this population.

JSI provided technical assistance throughout the project, including training on the use of new media for project staff and strategic application of new media for recruitment and retention of research participants.