Do I have to take part?

Participation in any research study is voluntary. If you do not want to take part, you do not have to. If you decide you want to take part in the research study, you will be asked to:

  • Read the information carefully

  • Complete the online questionnaire

Are there any risks involved?

We don’t expect this survey to cause any harm or discomfort, however if you experience feelings of distress as a result of participation in this study, we encourage you to contact a service that provides free, confidential support to gay and bisexual men, such as QLife. You can also contact us to send feedback on the survey, if you're concerned about it.

What are the possible benefits to participation?

The results of this study are already being used for the development of HIV prevention policy and the implementation of new HIV prevention technologies in Australia. The 2017 survey will further inform stakeholders about the best ways to educate gay and bisexual men about new prevention technologies.

I am a trans man, can I participate?

Yes. If you are a trans man who has sex with other men then we encourage you to participate. We have developed questions unique to your trans experience and are very keen to be trans inclusive in the work we do.

What will happen to the information about me?

Submission of the online questionnaire is an indication of your consent. By clicking the ‘I agree to participate’ button you are providing your permission for the research team to collect and use information about you for the research study. Your data will be securely stored in a non-identifiable format at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. 

If you provide your contact details to participate in the next survey round, your data will be matched using your email address, first name and age, after the second survey round in 2019. If you only provide your contact details to receive feedback on the survey, your contact details will be stored separately from your survey responses. This will ensure that your responses remain confidential.

What if I want to withdraw from the study?

If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw at any time. You can do this by closing the questionnaire. If you withdraw from the research and do not complete the questionnaire, your data will not be included in the dataset. Once you have submitted the questionnaire, we will not be able to withdraw your responses, unless you have provided contact details.

What if I have further questions?

The person you may need to contact will depend on the nature of your query. If you require further information regarding this study or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the study, you can contact the lead investigator of the project:

Professor Martin Holt 
Email: m.holt@unsw.edu.au 
Phone: 02 9385 6410

What if I have a complaint or any concerns about the study?

If you have a complaint regarding any aspect of the study or the way it is being conducted, please contact the UNSW Human Ethics Coordinator:

Human Research Ethics Coordinator 
Email: humanethics@unsw.edu.au 
Phone: 02 9385 6222

A copy of the full Participant Information Sheet is available here.