Paid Trans HIV Prevention Study

As a nonbinary trans woman, I know how hard-hit my community is with HIV — with trans women having HIV rates 66 times higher than the general population. That’s why I’m proud to be part of promoting a new study, LifeSkills Mobile, which is testing out an HIV prevention app for trans women and nonbinary femmes. And as the communications director for AWN, I’m also proud to announce a partnership between our two organizations to ensure the study reaches more trans and nonbinary people.

AWN is committed to carefully vetting every study we partner with. LifeSkills Mobile is paid for by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has been approved by a research oversight group known as an Institutional Review Board. We trust that this study is being done with strong ethical diligence, and in the interests of transparency, you can also reach out to me or contact this email if you want to reach the study team directly.

Participants who enroll in the study will be compensated $250 over the course of 2.5 years ($50 every six months active in the study), and the goal is to recruit 5,000 people in the United States.

We encourage you to enroll today!

You might be eligible to participate if you’re:

  • Between the ages of 16 and 29
  • Living anywhere in the US including US territories
  • Trans femme (this includes trans women, nonbinary, Two Spirit, genderqueer, gender fluid, demigirl, etc.)
  • Sexually active
  • Have access to a smartphone or home computer
  • Able to speak and read English
  • HIV-negative or have an unknown HIV status 

The LifeSkills Mobile app is based on a successful in-person program started in Chicago in 2012 called Project LifeSkills. Over the course of seven years, more than 300 trans women and femmes took part in Project LifeSkills. The success of the program led it to be designated a best practice model for HIV prevention amongst trans women and femmes by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

I hope you’ll consider joining the study!

If you’re not trans or otherwise don’t fit the eligibility criteria, but you do know trans/nonbinary people who might, I’d deeply appreciate it if you forwarded this email on to them.


Kayley Whalen

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and LifeSkills Mobile

Digital Communications Consultant

Kayley Whalen

P.S. If you’re not eligible, please do share the study by forwarding this email or sharing this email or encouraging your friends, family, or contacts to go to