British Columbia CARMA-CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3) Study on women’s healthy aging

 

The British Columbia CARMA-CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3) Study on women’s healthy aging is recruiting people who identify as women to participate!

The study is led by Dr. Helene Cote, Dr. Angela Kaida, Dr. Melanie Murray, and Ms. Valerie Nicholson, in a community-based, women-centered approach. The goal of this study is to better understand the complex interplay between the cellular, clinical, and social factors involved in women’s healthy aging, such as viral infections (HIV, hepatitis C, and herpes), hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol), multiple chronic diagnoses, and personal life experiences, including adverse childhood experiences, sexual health, stigma, violence, and resilience.

 

Our main study inclusion criteria are that:

  • You are identify as a woman (cis and trans-gender inclusive).
  • You are 16 years of age or older.
  • You are living with or without HIV.
  • You are able to communicate in English.
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

Participation would include providing informed, signed consent, and two study visits:

  1. The first visit will be in person at BC Women’s Hospital and will include:
    • Body measurements: height, weight, blood pressure, and waist circumference.
    • Sample collection: blood sample, mouth swab, urine sample, an optional hair sample (for stress test), and an optional rectal swab (for microbiome test). Additional blood testing for hormones is required if you are menstruating and not taking any hormones/hormonal contraception.
    • Questionnaire, which includes questions on demographics, medical history, reproductive health, and substance use history.
    • The first visits will take ~2-3hrs to complete and you will receive $50 as a thank-you for your time.
  2. The second visit will be online, in-person, or over the phone and will include:
    • A continuation of the questionnaire on social determinants of health, social support, stigma, violence, sleep, resilience, etc.
    • The second visit will take ~1-1.5hrs to complete and you will receive $40 as a thank-you for your time.

 

For more information, you can also check out our website at www.hivhearme.ca and our video that explains the study and participation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhq9mCqnOf4 

View and download recruitment handout

View and download recruitment poster

If you would like more information or to participate, please email Amber Campbell at [email protected], or call or text 604-868-5075, and we can set up a time for your study visit.