The BCC3 Study is currently recruiting women to help us learn more about the health and aging of women living with HIV, and the clinical, cellular, and social factors that are involved.

Who can Participate?

Our study is enrolling women living with and without HIV. This is our general eligibility criteria:

  • You are able to communicate in English
  • You are 16 years of age or older
  • You currently identify as a woman (inclusive of cis and trans women)
  • You are able to attend an in-person study visit at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver
  • You are not pregnant and not breastfeeding


At this stage of recruitment, we have slightly different inclusion criteria by HIV status to meet our goals on enrolling a diverse and representative sample of participants. Please contact us if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are a woman (cis and trans inclusive) living with HIV
  • You identify as African, Caribbean and/or Black
  • You identify as a transwoman

What does Participation Involve?

Clinical Study Visit

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).
  • Questionnaire, which includes questions on demographics, medical history, reproductive health, and substance use history.

* As we are interested in hormone health, if you have menstrual periods and are not using a hormonal contraceptive, we will be testing for hormones that require your blood draw to be timed to your menstrual cycle at two different times. One draw will be timed you’re your clinical visit, and the second draw will require an additional visit, which you will receive $25 for.

Participants will receive $50 in honoraria for the clinical visit

Community Study Visit

This second visit will be online or over the phone, and must take place within one month after the clinical visit. The community visit will be led by a trained Community Research Associate and will include a continuation of the questionnaire with questions on social determinants of health such as social support, sleep, sexual health, violence, and resilience.

Participants will receive $40 in honoraria for the community visit.


To see how the study works, check out our “Journey through the BCC3 Study” video.


Before participating in our study, a research staff will go over our consent forms with you and will answer any questions that you may have. We want to ensure that everyone is comfortable and understands the requirements and purpose of our study as well as their right to withdraw at any time.
You can access our consent forms here:

For more information and to participate:

To sign up:

Contact the Research Team:
Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 6706 or 604-868-5075


Click here to provide your contact information and one of our research staff will be in touch with you!


For more study information:

For more information on our study goals, values and frameworks, and background science and samples, check out the Our Research tab!