Transforming the Carolinas: Preparing to End the Epidemic for Transgender People of Color
Objective: The formative study aims to identify and prioritize community-driven interventions to address gaps in HIV prevention and care for transgender people of color in North and South Carolina.


Development of a Regional Transgender Health Research and Education Collaborative in the Southern US
Objective: This project aims to develop a regional transgender health research and education collaborative in southern states comprising racially and ethnically diverse transgender and gender non-binary (TNB) individuals, providers, researchers, and other stakeholders; build the capacity of the TNB community and stakeholders to engage meaningfully in partnered research; and develop or adapt existing tools, curriculum, and resources prioritized by the collaborative to support trans resiliencies, resources, and empowerment in healthcare.


LITE Plus (Biopsychosocial Mechanisms Linking Gender Minority Stress and HIV Comorbidities)
Objective: The study includes a multisite, longitudinal cohort of transgender women living with HIV in Boston, MA and Washington, DC metropolitan areas to assess relationships between experiences of intersectional stigma, allostatic load, and mental health and cardiovascular disease outcomes.


Meeting the Pandemic Needs of Black Lesbian Elders: Data to Inform a Rapid COVID-19 Response Intervention The primary objective of this one-year study is to qualitatively understand the COVID-19 related health and social service needs of Black sexual minority women (BSMW) age 40 years and older and to qualitatively characterize these needs in comparison to other sexual minority women (SMW) age 40 years and older.

Click here for a preliminary overview of ZAMI Nobla project findings: ZAMI Nobla Demographic Highlights (YouTube Video)

HPTN 091: Integrating HIV Prevention, Gender-Affirmative Medical Care, and Peer Health Navigation to Prevent HIV Acquisition and HIV Transmission for Transgender Women
Objective: This feasibility and acceptability study is designed to assess the preliminary efficacy of integrating gender-affirming medical care with HIV services and strength-based peer case management in four locations in the United States and Latin America.

Click here to visit the website for the Brazil study site. 


Transgender Women Mobilizing and Preparing for High Impact Prevention
Objective: This research project aims to identify actionable barriers and facilitators of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake and adherence for transgender women in South Africa.


A Mixed-Methods Approach to Identify Intervenable Factors Associated with Breast Cancer Screening and Follow-up for Black Sexual Minority Women
Objective: This proposal investigates breast cancer screening behaviors and timing of follow-up after abnormal results for Black sexual minority women. By using a mixed-methods approach to understand barriers and facilitators to screening and follow-up care after an abnormal screening result, the findings will inform interventions to reduce disparities in breast cancer among Black sexual minority women.


Feasibility of Reaching Trans-Attracted Men
Objective: The project explores the feasibility of recruiting and engaging men who have sex with transgender women in HIV research and intervention programs in Atlanta and Baltimore.


An Integrated Technology-Based “Status-Neutral” Approach to Engage YMSM/YTGW in the Prevention and Care Continuum in North and South Carolina
Objective: This formative study aims to pilot a stigma-informed, technology-enhanced approach to engaging young transgender women and young men who have sex with men in uptake and adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.


The BREATHE Cohort
Objective: This pilot study is designed to use assess chest binding-related practices, symptoms, and quality of life impact in trans masculine individuals and to develop the first validated tools for measuring these concepts


LITE (American Cohort to Study HIV Acquisition among Transgender Women in High Risk Areas)
Objective: The study establishes multisite, longitudinal cohort of transgender women in the eastern and southern U.S. (Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, and Miami metropolitan areas) to characterize risk factors for HIV acquisition, access to bio-behavioral HIV prevention methods, and linkage to care for those who HIV seroconvert.


Supplementing RDD Telephone Surveys with RDS to Oversample Gender Minorities
Objective: This study will implement a new random digit dialing (RDD) plus respondent driven sampling (RDS) method to oversample transgender people as well as those with nonconforming gender identities to determine if the transgender people can be reached through this approach.

Transgender Women’s Perceptions of HIV Cure-Related Research in the United States

“I would really want to know that they had my back.” View the recording of a presentation with Dr. Tonia Poteat about the qualitative investigation of transgender women’s perceptions of HIV cure-related research.