Information for participants
This page contains all the information you should be aware of before participating in the survey.
Description of study
Does health matter? is an online survey for gay men and other men who have sex with men. The survey asks questions about your lifestyle as well as your opinions, knowledge and experiences in terms of general health and in terms of prevention or management of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections.
The study consists of an initial online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, with the option of completing a brief follow-up survey six months later. You can decide to complete only the initial survey questionnaire or join to the follow-up survey.
Who can participate?
You are invited to take part to the survey if you are a man 16 years and above and are living in New South Wales, Australia.
This survey contains some questions about sexual practices and testing for HIV and STIs. If you are not comfortable answering such questions we advise you to not take part in the survey.
The initial questionnaire can be completed anonymously. If you register for the follow-up survey you will be asked to provide an email address so we can send you the link to the follow up survey in six months time. Your email address will be kept strictly confidential and will not be linked to your responses from either survey. To enhance confidentiality you should preferably provide an email address that does not include your last name.
Risks and benefits
We do not anticipate any risks associated with your participation in this study. The survey results will however help to improve sexual health programs for gay men and other men who have sex with men.
Payment for participants
No payment is provided for participation in this study. However, those who register for the follow-up survey will be entered into a draw to win a voucher of $400 that can be used for travel or entertainment. To be eligible you must fully complete the two questionnaires. Participants who complete multiple questionnaires to increase their chance of winning the prize will be eliminated from the competition.
Complaints may be directed to:
The Ethics Secretariat
Any complaint you make will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcome.
Feedback to participants
A summary of results will be available at www.howmuchdoyoucare.net from July 2011. Feedback will also be posted regularly on the survey's website.
Your consent and participation
Your participation is voluntary and your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your future relations with the University of New South Wales. You are free to discontinue the survey at any time.
Withdrawal from the study
You will not be able to withdraw your answers after submitting them to the electronic questionnaires.
If you are registered to the follow-up survey you will have the opportunity at any moment to de-register from the study if you don't want to receive the follow-up questionnaire.
To de-register, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word STOP in the subject heading. You can also de-register by phoning (02) 9385 6776.
Information and support services
The NSW Sexual Health Infoline provides free and confidential sexual health information 1800 451 624 (NSW only).
ACON provides a range of counselling, therapy and support services. Contact ACON's Counselling Team on (02) 9206 2000 or 1800 063 060. For the hearing impaired, call (02) 9283 2088.
Other valuable information related to safe sex, sexually transmitted infections, and their treatments can also be found at www.thedramadownunder.info
If you have any questions about the study or your participation, please feel free to ask us. You can contact Dr Philippe Adam and the research team at email@example.com or by phoning (02) 9385 6776.