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Employment as HIV Prevention: An Employment Support Intervention for Adolescent Men Who Have Sex With Men and Adolescent Transgender Women of Color

Hill, Brandon J. PhDa,b; Motley, Darnell N. PhDb,c,d; Rosentel, Kris MAe; VandeVusse, Alicia PhDf; Fuller, Charlie BAg; Bowers, Shannon M.E. MPH, MSh; Williams, Meghana; Kipke, Michele PhDi; Kuhns, Lisa PhDj,k; Pashka, Nicole MSl; Reisner, Sari ScDm; DeMonte, Justin B. BASn; Goolsby, Rachel W. BAn; Rupp, Betty M. MPHn; Slye, Nicole MPHn; Strader, Lisa C. MPHn; Schneider, John A. MD, MPHa,c,d; Razzano, Lisa PhDl,o; Garofalo, Robert MD, MPHj,k

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JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: September 1, 2022 - Volume 91 - Issue 1 - p 31-38
doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000003020
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Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Adolescents and young adults of color experience dramatic disparities in HIV infection, with over half (51%) of Black/African American adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM) and over a quarter (27%) of Latinx AMSM accounting for new HIV diagnoses in 2018.1 Between 2009 and 2014, 1 in 3 HIV diagnoses among adolescents ages 13–24 were among adolescent transgender women (ATGW), with half (50.8%) identifying as Black/African American and roughly one-third (29.3%) as Latinx.2

Such stark disparities in adolescent HIV infection cannot be attributed to individual-level behaviors alone. Rather, interrelated socioecological and structural factors predispose AMSM and ATGW of color to HIV exposure and increase infection susceptibility.3–6 In particular, co-occurring, syndemic, and interconnected disparities in educational attainment, housing stability, access to health and social services, unemployment, and poverty are also experienced by AMSM and ATGW of color.7–11 Socioeconomic factors may be especially salient, as prior research suggests sexual and gender diverse youth of color face job discrimination, hiring bias, low pay, and limited benefits or insurance coverage when navigating and securing economic independence.12,13 Collectively, these disparities contribute to a large proportion of AMSM and ATGW of color living in poverty, with many experiencing food insecurity, housing instability/homelessness, and reliance on transactional or survival sex work, to access money, food, shelter, and other resources.14

Despite the significant role socioeconomics factors play in adolescent HIV risk, few HIV programs in the United States focus on increasing adolescent job readiness and financial independence. Among the current 48 HIV programs identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as evidence-based structural interventions, only 4 address financial and economic instability, and all 4 are specific to HIV-positive adults.15–18 None of the current evidence-based structural interventions in the CDC compendium are designated for HIV prevention or tailored to the economic needs of AMSM and ATGW of color.19 Because socioeconomic factors are likely to contribute to adolescent HIV exposure and infection, structural interventions for HIV prevention among AMSM and ATGW of color are critical to ending the adolescent HIV epidemic. The purpose of this study was to adapt and pilot-test an employment readiness primary HIV intervention tailored to the needs of AMSM and ATGW of color.

METHODS

Procedure

Data were collected as part of a multiphase intervention development trial, in Chicago, IL, assessing the feasibility and acceptability of the tailored Work2Prevent intervention.20–22 To test the intervention before real-world implementation, Phase 1 was conducted in a controlled research setting with data collection at baseline, immediate postintervention (approximately 2–4 weeks postenrollment), and 8-month postintervention follow-up, allowing for assessment of overall participant retention and long-term employment outcomes.21

For Phase 2, the intervention was integrated into a community-based setting with assessments at baseline, immediate postintervention, and 3-month postintervention follow-up, allowing for assessment of real-world feasibility and acceptability and short-term outcomes.22 Data were collected from March 2018 to January 2020. Enrollment criteria for both phases included: (1) being assigned male at birth, (2) report ever having sex with men, (3) identifying as Black/African American or Latinx/Hispanic, (4) ages 16–24 years, (5) English-speaking, and (6) currently unemployed but seeking employment or employed part-time or less. Participants in Phase 1 had to self-report HIV-negative or unknown status at baseline. An HIV status neutral approach was used for Phase 2 to reflect best practices for implementation in a community-based setting.23 Phase 1 participants were not eligible for Phase 2 participation.

Phase 1 participants were recruited passively and actively, including through flyers, online postings, and advertisements on public transit, social network and dating sites, and community- and venue-based recruitment postings.21 All assessments and intervention workshops in Phase 1 occurred on-campus at a university adolescent sexual and reproductive health research center. Phase 2 participants were recruited and completed assessments and intervention workshops in an off-campus community-based center that provides drop-in services, support groups, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV testing and treatment, behavioral health counseling, community programming, and legal and housing assistance primarily serving sexual and gender diverse adolescents and young adults of color.22

All interested participants completed a prescreen survey to assess eligibility, with eligible participants scheduled for study visits, consented, enrolled, and assigned to receive intervention workshop sessions. Participants in both phases received $30 for each completed survey, up to $40 for biological specimen ($10 for each specimen: urine, blood droplets, oral swab, and rectal swab) if provided, and $40 for each workshop session attended. Data were collected at baseline, immediate postintervention, and at an 8-month postintervention for Phase 1 or 3-month postintervention for Phase 2. Retention strategies included reminder calls and text messages and optional transportation assistance such as bus passes and prepaid ridesharing services (eg, Lyft). All surveys were completed using an audio computer-assisted self-interview survey program on an iPad. All protocols and procedures were approved by the University of Chicago and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Institutional Review Boards with written participant consent and waivers of parental consent.21,22

Work2Prevent Intervention

Participants completed a 4-session group-based intervention workshop adapted from an existing evidence-based iFOUR (Increased Individual Income and Independence) program,24,25 designed for adults living with HIV, tailored to AMSM and ATGW of color.

The workshop sessions were broken into 4 modules focused on the following themes: (1) assessing readiness for work, goal setting, and asset-based strength identification; (2) communication skills, networking, and job searching; (3) balancing work with health, wellness, and HIV/STI prevention; and (4) preparing job application materials and interview skills. Each session lasted approximately 2–3 hours depending on group size. Each module had corresponding target constructs, including: job readiness, career orientation, communication skills, self-regulation/coping skills, HIV/STI risk perceptions, pre-exposure prophylaxis knowledge, job-seeking self-efficacy, self-confidence, and career interests. In addition, each module involved interactive and game-based learning components that modeled behaviors,26 including: managing finances for necessities and luxuries under a bi-weekly paycheck vs immediate cash payment structure (Cash Flow); identifying STI symptoms and treatment (STI-identity card game); a paper doll activity for selecting appropriate attire for interviews and workplaces (Dress4Success); a card sort activity that allowed players to highlight their personal assets and skills and match them to potential jobs; and role–play activities that involved identifying harm reduction strategies related to sex work, substance use, and physical pain at work. Text-based learning included didactic and group exercises that focused on identifying the qualities of a job that would make it an ideal, good, or poor fit for participants; preparing a 60-second elevator pitch to effectively communicate job skills to a potential employer using a “mad libs” style worksheet; identifying and managing health risk behaviors that may affect employment; and preparing a resume and cover letter. The adaptation of the intervention curriculum was informed by interviews and focus groups with the target population and iterative feedback from the youth advisory board.20 In Phase 1, the sessions were delivered over 2 weeks (2 workshops per week) and over a 2-day period (2 workshops per day) in Phase 2. Details on the design of the intervention are published elsewhere.20–22

Measures

Evaluation of feasibility and acceptability. Feasibility and acceptability were measured using intervention workshop attendance and completion, defined as having attended at least 2 of the 4 workshop sessions, and an adapted version of the Information Systems Success Model (ISSM) scale27 assessed immediate postintervention. The ISSM is a 21-item scale measuring: intervention information quality, intervention handbook quality, perceived usefulness of the intervention, and overall satisfaction of the intervention. Response options included a 5-point Likert scale (5 = strongly agree, 1 = strongly disagree), with higher scores indicating greater perceived quality, usefulness, and satisfaction.

Employment outcomes. Employment measures included the 12-item job-seeking self-efficacy scale,28 a single-item measure of perceived future career prospects,29 and the 7-item protean career attitudes scale.30,31 Responses for job-seeking self-efficacy were measured on a 10-point scale (1 = not at all confident, 10 = very confident), with higher scores indicating higher self-efficacy.28 Perceived future career prospects and protean career attitudes were measured using 5-point Likert scales (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree), with higher scores indicating better perceived career prospects and more positive protean career attitudes.29,30 Current employment status (employed/unemployed) and self-reported average number of hours worked per week were measured at baseline and 8- or 3-month follow-up.

Sexual behaviors and HIV status. Sexual behaviors (past 6 months for Phase 1; past 3 months for Phase 2) were measured at baseline and at 8- or 3-month follow-up using a 6-item inventory developed as part of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions harmonized measures (yes/no), including: condomless anal intercourse with a male partner of unknown HIV status, sex with a male partner with an STI, anal intercourse with condom failure, and transactional sex work.32 As part of standard of preventive care, participants were screened for common STIs and HIV. HIV infection was assessed at baseline and follow-up using fourth generation rapid capillary whole blood (finger stick) testing (Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo, Alere, Inc.) for all participants who self-reported an “unknown” HIV status.

Sociodemographic and structural variables. Participants completed sociodemographic and structural items, including age, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, highest education level attained, current housing stability, and food security using the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale.33

Statistical Analysis

All analyses were conducted separately for Phases 1 and 2 using an intention-to-treat approach. Descriptive statistics for sociodemographic and structural variables, employment information, and sexual behaviors are presented as medians (continuous variables) and percentages (categorical variables). Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were conducted to evaluate the change between baseline and the follow-up for each of the continuous outcomes. McNemar tests were used to assess these changes for categorical outcomes. The relationships between employment, baseline sexual behaviors (sex work, any condomless intercourse, anal intercourse with condom failure), and ISSM were analyzed using multiple linear regression adjusting for age and gender identity. To analyze the relationships between employment, baseline sexual behaviors, and intervention completion (defined as attending 2 or more workshops), multiple logistic regression adjusting for age and gender identity was used. In addition to both models described above, reduced models were fit using backward stepwise selection to remove covariates (P < 0.20). To examine potential differences in employment outcomes based on gender identity, separate pre-post comparisons (Wilcoxon signed-rank and McNemar tests) were conducted including only participants who identified as transgender women or transfeminine (female, trans female, trans woman, genderqueer, or gender nonconforming). Additional negative binomial regression models were used to explore the relationship between structural variables (ie, education, housing, and food security) and self-reported hours worked for Phase 1 and 2 participants. Missing values were excluded from all statistical tests. Participants with missing values for one or more dependent or independent variables were excluded from regression analyses. In addition to intention-to-treat analyses, on-treatment analyses were conducted using the same statistical procedures, but excluded participants who did not complete at least 2 of the intervention sessions. Because of the exploratory nature of this study, statistical tests were performed at the P < 0.10 significance level and 90% confidence intervals were generated. Analyses were performed using SAS 9.4 (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC).

RESULTS

Sample

Figures 1 and 2 describe the recruitment, enrollment, and retention for Phase 1 and 2 of the intervention. Fifty-one participants enrolled in Phase 1, with 86.3% retention at 8-month follow-up and an intention-to-treat sample of 47 participants. For Phase 2, 41 participants were enrolled in the community-based intervention assessment, with 92.7% retention at 3-month follow-up and an intention-to-treat sample of 40 participants. Table 1 describes the sociodemographic characteristics of the samples for Phase 1 (n = 47) and 2 (n = 40). In Phase 1, 25.5% of participants and in Phase 2, 42.5% of participants identified as transgender women or transfeminine (female, trans female, trans woman, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming) and the remaining identified as male. Most participants were 19–24 years old (97.9% in Phase 1, and 92.5% in Phase 2) and identified as Black/African American (87.2% in Phase 1, and 95.0% in Phase 2). Most participants in both phases had a high school degree or GED or higher (some college, Associate's/Bachelor's degree, or higher) (70.2% in Phase 1, and 75.0% in Phase 2). A large number of participants in Phase 1 (61.7%) reported being unstably housed (ie, being homeless; currently staying on the street, in a car, or on public transit; staying in an overnight shelter; or staying with friends or family temporarily). Most participants in both phases reported experiencing no or low food insecurity (78.7% in Phase 1, and 72.5% in Phase 2). Two participants had a reactive HIV test at baseline in Phase 1. In Phase 2, 2 participants had reactive HIV tests and 11 participants self-reported being HIV-positive at baseline. The vast majority of participants (87.2% in Phase 1, and 85.0% in Phase 2) were unemployed.

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FIGURE 1.:
Phase 1 consort diagram. 1Participants who completed at least 2 classes and the 8-month follow-up visit. 2Participants who completed at least 1 workshop and/or the 8-month follow-up visit. Forty-four participants completed 8-month follow-up. Thirty-three participants completed postintervention visit. Thirty-one participants completed the 8-month follow-up and the postintervention visit. One participant attended 1 workshop, did not complete the postintervention visit, and did not complete the 8-month follow-up visit. One participant attended 1 workshop, did not complete the postintervention visit, but did return for the 8-month follow-up visit.
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FIGURE 2.:
Phase 2 consort diagram. 1Participants who completed at least 2 classes and the 3-month follow-up visit. 2Participants who completed at least 1 workshop and/or the 3-month follow-up visit. Thirty-eight participants completed 3-month follow-up. Thirty-seven participants completed postintervention visit. Thirty-five participants completed both the 3-month follow-up and the postintervention visit. Two participants completed 2 or more workshops and the postintervention visit, but did not return for the 3-month follow-up visit. One participant completed 2 or more workshops, did not complete the postintervention visit, but did return for the 3-month follow-up visit.
TABLE 1. - Phase 1 and 2 Participant Characteristics
Characteristics Phase 1 Participants (n = 47), % (n) Phase 2 Participants (n = 40), % (n)
Age
 16–18 yrs 2.1 (1) 7.5 (3)
 19–21 yrs 42.6 (20) 32.5 (13)
 22–24 yrs 55.3 (26) 60.0 (24)
Race
 Black/African American 87.2 (41) 95.0 (38)
 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0 2.5 (1)
 Other 10.6 (5) 2.5 (1)
 White 2.1 (1) 0
Ethnicity
 Latinx or Hispanic 23.4 (11) 10.0 (4)
Gender identity
 Female 6.4 (3) 5.0 (2)
 Male 74.5 (35) 57.5 (23)
 Trans female or transwoman 12.8 (6) 27.5 (11)
 Genderqueer or gender nonconforming 6.4 (3) 10.0 (4)
Sexual orientation
 Bisexual 40.4 (19) 30.0 (12)
 Gay 40.4 (19) 45.0 (18)
 Homosexual 0 2.5 (1)
 Other 0 5.0 (2)
 Queer 10.6 (5) 0
 Same gender loving 0 5.0 (2)
 Straight or heterosexual 8.5 (4) 12.5 (5)
Education-level (highest attained)
 Some high school 25.5 (12) 25.0 (10)
 High school degree or GED 38.3 (18) 50.0 (20)
 Some college, Associate's/Bachelor's degree, or higher 31.9 (15) 25.0 (10)
Employment status
 Part-time 12.8 (6) 15.0 (6)
 Unemployed 87.2 (41) 85.0 (34)
Housing
 Stably housed 38.3 (18) 55.0 (22)
 Unstably housed 61.7 (29) 45.0 (18)
Food insecurity
 No or low food insecurity 78.7 (37) 72.5 (29)
 High food insecurity 21.3 (10) 27.5 (11)
HIV status
 Nonreactive test at baseline 95.7 (45) 67.5 (27)
 Reactive test or reported HIV-positive status at baseline 4.3 (2) 10.0 (4)

Acceptability and Feasibility of the Intervention

A total of 28 participants (59.6%) completed 2 or more workshops in Phase 1, with 31.9% completing all 4 intervention workshops. In Phase 2, 34 participants (85.0%) completed 2 or more workshops, with 52.5% completing all 4 workshops. Table 2 summarizes the feasibility and acceptability outcomes of the intervention. Overall, participants highly rated the intervention on information quality, handbook quality, perceived usefulness of the intervention, and overall satisfaction (total scores >4.0 for Phases 1 and 2).

TABLE 2. - Intervention Feasibility, Acceptability, and Changes in Employment and Sexual Behavior Outcomes
Outcome Phase 1 Participants (n = 47) Phase 2 Participants (n = 40)
Feasibility
 % Workshop completion* (n) 59.6 (28) 85.0 (34)
Acceptability M (SD) M (SD)
 Information System Success Model Score 4.3 (0.59) 4.1 (0.77)
  Subscale 1: Information quality 4.4 (0.66) 4.2 (0.89)
  Subscale 2: Handbook quality 4.4 (0.61) 4.1 (0.87)
  Subscale 3: Perceived usefulness 4.4 (0.67) 4.2 (0.83)
  Subscale 4: Overall satisfaction 4.1 (0.75) 3.8 (0.74)
Employment outcomes Mean difference 90% CI P Mean difference 90% CI P
 Job-seeking self-efficacy score −0.08 (−0.41, 0.26) 0.98 0.62 (0.24, 1.11) 0.05
 Future career prospects score −0.07 (−0.30, 0.16) 0.73 0.05 (−0.22, 0.32) 0.72
 Protean career attitude score −0.09 (−0.25, 0.06) 0.39 −0.03 (−0.27, 0.21) 0.76
 Self-reported hours worked per week 11.40 (7.14, 15.65) <0.001 5.24 (1.54, 8.94) 0.02
Sexual behaviors Baseline, % (n) Follow-up (8 months), % (n) P Baseline, % (n) Follow-up (3 months), % (n) P
 Condomless anal intercourse 30.8 (8) 23.1 (6) 0.73 34.2 (13) 31.6 (12) 1.0
 Sex with male partner with STI 15.4 (4) 15.4 (4) 1.0 29.7 (11) 24.3 (9) 0.75
 Anal intercourse with condom failure 19.2 (5) 26.9 (7) 0.73 36.8 (14) 39.5 (15) 1.0
 Transactional sex work 30.8 (8) 19.2 (5) 0.45 55.3 (21) 39.5 (15) 0.07
Response options included 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree.
*Intervention completion is defined as 2 of more (≥50%) workshop sessions attended.
CI, confidence interval; M, mean.

Employment and Sexual Behaviors

Table 2 summarizes the changes in employment and sexual behaviors between baseline and follow-up assessments for Phase 1 and 2. Intention-to-treat analyses demonstrate an overall increase in mean hours worked per week postintervention in both phases. Phase 1 participants reported working a mean of 11.4 more hours per week at 8-month follow-up compared with baseline (P < 0.001). Phase 2 participants reported a mean of 5.24 more hours worked per week at 3-month follow-up compared with baseline (P = 0.02). In addition, Phase 2 participants reported significantly higher job-seeking self-efficacy upon study completion compared with baseline (P = 0.05), although there was no significant change for Phase 1 participants. There was a significant decrease in reported transactional sex work at 3-month follow-up in Phase 2 compared with baseline (P = 0.07). However, there were no pre-post differences in other sexual behaviors for Phase 2 and no observed pre-post differences among Phase 1 participants. No participants in Phase 1 or 2 had reactive HIV tests at follow-up assessments who were not already identified as living with HIV at baseline. We did not find significant associations between the self-reported hours worked at follow-up assessment and baseline structural factors (ie, education, housing, and food security) for Phase 1 and 2.

As treated, analyses revealed similar effects among those who completed 2 or more intervention workshops, with a mean increase of 14.4 more hours worked per week at 8-month follow-up (P < 0.001) in Phase 1 and a mean of 4.48 more hours worked per week at 3-month follow-up in Phase 2 (P = 0.06). In addition, Phase 2 participants reported higher job-seeking self-efficacy (P = 0.02), although there were no significant changes observed for Phase 1.

Analyses restricted to transgender women participants revealed a significant mean increase of 9.6 hours worked per week at 8-month follow-up (P = 0.06) in Phase 1 and a mean increase of 1.33 hours for Phase 2, although this was not significant (P = 0.63). Overall, fewer participants reported engaging in transactional sex work at 8-month (Phase 1) (40.0% vs 50.0%) and 3-month (Phase 2) (56.3% vs 75.0%) follow-up compared with baseline. However, these differences did not meet statistical significance. Because of the small size of the transgender subsample, results should be interpreted with caution.

DISCUSSION

Our findings suggest that AMSM and ATGW of color found the Work2Prevent intervention to be feasible and acceptable, with high ratings for intervention information, handbook quality, and perceived usefulness of the intervention workshops for Phase 1 and 2 participants. Youth who received the intervention in a community-based setting offering wraparound services for sexual and gender minority youth had high rates of intervention completion (85%) and reported higher rates of job-seeking self-efficacy and hours worked per week at 3-month follow-up after the intervention. Furthermore, these youth also reported a significant decrease in transactional sex work, a known indicator for HIV exposure and infection,34 particularly for ATGW.

To our knowledge, this study is one of the first to target employment readiness and economic independence as a primary HIV intervention for adolescents. As one of the first studies in this area, the findings demonstrate promise for employment readiness as a strategy for improving social determinants of health related to HIV. Supporting economic stability (eg, increasing hours worked) has the potential to reduce proximity to conditions such as poverty, homelessness, or food insecurity, which place sexual and gender minority adolescents of color at elevated risk for HIV exposure and infection.35,36 Such socioeconomic disadvantage may contribute to power differentials in sexual relationships, which limit agency around safer sex and increase reliance on transactional sex work.37–40 Interventions such as Work2Prevent may prove a useful tool for expanding economic options for young people beyond sex work and increasing agency in sexual negotiation.

Although the intervention was adapted and pilot tested in a controlled study environment (university setting) and real-world settings, the pilot assessment is limited in that it lacked a control group. A subsequent, adequately powered hybrid-style implementation trial with wait-list control with longitudinal follow-up (>1 year) is needed to further assess the long-term effectiveness of the Work2Prevent intervention. In addition, most participants were comprised of older adolescents (>20 years old). Thus, the intervention may be most relevant to adolescents of working age, and findings may not be generalizable to younger AMSM and ATGW of color. Furthermore, although positive changes in employment outcomes were observed and a reduction in reliance on transactional sex work at follow-up, there were no differences for other behavioral HIV transmission factors, including condomless anal intercourse and sex with a male partner with an STI. However, it is also notable that we did not detect any new HIV infections at follow-up assessments. Nevertheless, refinements to the health care and wellness module may be necessary to underscore the efficacious value of HIV prevention strategies, such as viral suppression and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention.

In addition, the study was tailored to AMSM and ATGW; there were differences in gender composition between Phase 1 and 2, with the community-based phase yielding a larger sample of ATGW of color. Our 2 study phases also had different follow-up assessment periods, limiting the assessment of long-term employment outcomes among Phase 2 participants. Although this creates challenges in directly comparing outcomes between phases, this approach provides insights on recruitment and retention of participants in different settings (controlled and real-world) and variability in short- and long-term employment outcomes. Because it is likely that the Work2Prevent intervention will be implemented in community-based settings, our goal was to assess short-term outcomes in this setting. Subsequent assessments with long-term follow-up are needed to fully assess the efficacy of Work2Prevent in real-world settings.

Another limitation may be overall intervention completeness because only one-third of Phase 1 and just over half of Phase 2 participants completed all 4 sessions. Observed improvements in employment and HIV risk reduction may be dependent on receiving all sessions. Subsequent iterations of Work2Prevent may require “make-up” sessions, boosters, and/or reordering content to maintain participant interest throughout the program and ultimately increase attendance and exposure to the intervention. Despite these limitations, this study is among the first to adapt and pilot-test an employment-based primary HIV intervention to the needs of AMSM and ATGW of color. Overall, findings underscore the importance of addressing structural factors, such as employment and socioeconomics, in the fight to end the adolescent HIV epidemic.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors would like to acknowledge and thank all of the Work2Prevent participants and graduates; the Work2Prevent Youth Advisory Board members; our community partners: Raina Ortiz of Taskforce Chicago, the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination staff and HIV/STI testing staff, and Chicago House & Social Service Agency, Chicago, IL; our additional Work2Prevent (ATN 151) team members and interns: Chorine Adewale, Trevor Bak, Larry Coldon, Inali Hathaway, Matthew Loop, Illeana Lopez-Martinez, Micha McCumber, and Cara Norberg; and the initial intervention and preliminary research funders.

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Keywords:

adolescents; men who have sex with men; transgender women; HIV prevention; employment; economic instability

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