The THRIVE Study is seeking to better understand women’s sexual and reproductive health, with your help.

Specifically, the purpose of the study is to understand how consensual sex and forced sex impacts immunity in the vaginal environment. Research has shown a relationship between sexual violence and HIV acquisition, yet the reasons are not well understood. Therefore, this research study aims to better understand this relationship by studying women who have recently experienced sexual assault in comparison to women who have recently experienced consensual sex.


How long is the study? If you are eligible, there are a total of three study visits to be completed over the course of 3 months.

What is involved in each study visit? Enrollment forms, a survey, vital signs, pregnancy testing, HIV/STD screening, vaginal/cervical exam, blood draw, and at-home saliva samples.

Where is the study location? Study visits will take place at our office in the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego.

Will there be compensation? Yes, eligible volunteers may earn up to $255 for participation and may receive complimentary MTS day passes or have pre-arranged complimentary Lyft ride for transportation to and from study visits. 


This research is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The THRIVE Study is being conducted under the direction of Dr. Jamila K. Stockman from University of California San Diego, School of Medicine.

Together we can THRIVE!