The THRIVE Study is seeking to evaluate women’s sexual health and overall wellbeing. Specifically, the purpose of the study is to understand how sexual activity impacts immunity in the vaginal environment. Research has shown a relationship between sexual violence and HIV acquisition. However, the reasons for this are not well understood. This research study aims to better understand this relationship by studying women who have recently experienced sexual assault in comparison to women who are currently only consensually sexually active.


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.

What 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 will be provided $255 for participation. Also, eligible volunteers will receive complimentary MTS day passes or have pre-arranged complimentary Lyft ride for transportation to and from study visits.


This project is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.