Info for participants

About the Project

The study explores your knowledge and perceptions of hepatitis C. There has recently been an increase in hepatitis C among gay and bisexual men. The results of the the online survey will be used in the development of education and prevention programs.

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The online survey

You will be asked questions about your knowledge of hepatitis C, hepatitis C testing, HIV testing, sexual practices and attitudes towards hepatitis C. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Who is being asked to respond?

You are invited to complete the survey if you are gay or bisexual man aged 18 years and currently live in Australia.

Confidentiality and disclosure of information

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will only be disclosed with your permission, except as required by law. A number of measures will be put in place to ensure participant confidentiality.

Risks and benefits

We do not anticipate any specific risks associated with your participation in this study. Similarly, we cannot and do not guarantee that you will receive any direct benefits as a result of your participation.
In the unlikely event that answering the questionnaire raises concerns or causes you discomfort we would encourage you to contact a local counselling and support service that provides support to gay and bisexual men.

Complaints

Complaints may be directed to the Ethics Secretariat, UNSW Australia, Sydney, 2052, Australia (phone (02) 9385 4234, fax (02) 9385 6648, email ethics.sec@unsw.edu.au).
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 on the NCHSR website http://nchsr.arts.unsw.edu.au at the completion of the project. We will also publicise the results of the study in the gay media and at conferences. The results can also be sent to you electronically if you provide an email address. These contact details will not be linked to your interview data and will be destroyed once a summary has been sent out to you.

Your consent

If you decide to take part you will be asked to give your consent online at the beginning of the survey. Your decision whether or not to participate will not prejudice your future relations with the National Centre in HIV Social Research or UNSW Australia.
You can end your participation in the study at any time by simply closing your browser window. Your submitted responses to the online survey will not be deleted, but none of your responses will be identifiable. This is because it will not be possible to identify which responses were provided by individual participants.

If you registered to receive summaries of the study findings you will have the option of de-registering at any time if you don’t want to be contacted.
To de-register, simply send an email to j.ellard@unsw.edu.au with the words STOP HEPTAGON in the subject heading. You can also de-register by phoning Jeanne Ellard on (02) 93856406.

Information and support services

There are local organisations across Australia that provide counselling and support services for gay and bisexual men. Click here to see a list of these services.
Other valuable information related to hepatitis C can be found at www.hepatitisaustralia.com.au

Contact us

If you have any questions about the study or your participation, please feel free to contact us.
You can contact Dr Jeanne Ellard (02) 9385 6406, or email j.ellard@unsw.edu.au
or Dr Loren Brener (02) 9385 6530 or l.brener@unsw.edu.au.
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