Click here to download the full Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form.
Who can take part in the research?
The research study is looking to recruit people who meet the following criteria:
You identify as male*
You have a primary male* partner e.g. a boyfriend, partner or husband
You are currently taking PrEP
You are aged 18 years or older
We are recruiting participants in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
*We welcome participation from trans men with primary cisgender male partners.
Who is conducting this research?
The study is being carried out by the following researchers: Professor Martin Holt, Dr Kerryn Drysdale and Mr James MacGibbon, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, and Dr Benjamin Bavinton, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
What does participation in this research require, and are there any risks involved?
If you decide to take part in the research study, you will be asked to participate in a face-to-face, one-on-one, conversational style interview with a researcher. If you cannot participate in a face-to-face interview due to your location or reduced mobility, we may facilitate a Skype or telephone interview with you.
You will be asked questions about your use of PrEP and the safe sex strategies you practice, your relationship with your primary partner, and about your sex life including any sex you may have with casual sex partners. It will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Some questions are personal and explicit, but you do not have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable.
We will offer you a $30 store voucher for your time and travel expenses related to participating. The voucher will be provided to you in-person following the interview, or via regular mail following Skype/telephone interviews.
You may be asked to participate in a second optional interview 6 to 12 months after your first interview. Your participation in a second interview is entirely voluntary. You can indicate using the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form or at the first interview if you consent to be contacted about a second interview. If we contact you and you decide to participate in a second interview, you will be asked about any changes in your use of PrEP and the safe sex strategies you practice, your relationship with your primary partner (if applicable), and about your sex life, including any sex you may have with casual sex partners. The second interview will take approximately 1 hour to complete. You will be offered another $30 store voucher for your time, which will be provided to you in person or via regular mail following the interview. You may be given the choice to participate in the second interview via Skype or telephone instead of face-to-face.
To ensure we collect the responses accurately, we seek your permission to digitally record the interview using a digital audio recorder. If you decide that you do not want to be recorded we would not be able to accurately summarise your information. Therefore, you will not be able to take part in this research.
If you experience discomfort or feelings of distress while participating in the research and you require support, you can stop participating at any time. You can also tell a member of the research and they will provide you with assistance or alternatively a list of support services and their contact details are provided here.
We don’t intend the questions to cause any harm or discomfort. However, if you experience feelings of discomfort or distress as a result of participation in this study you can let the research team know and they will provide you with the contact details of gay-friendly support services in your area.
What are the possible benefits to participation?
We hope to use information we get from this research study to benefit others in the provision of health services and to improve sexual and psychological health literacy.
What will happen to information about me?
By signing the consent form you consent to the research team collecting and using information about you for the research study. Your interview recording will be transcribed (in the form of a Word document) Then the transcript will be de-identified (i.e., removing names and other information that could potentially identify you). Your interview recording and de-identified transcript will be stored for a minimum of 5 years after the project’s completion at UNSW on a password-protected secure server.
Your information will only be used for data analyses relating to this research project. Any publications and presentations resulting from the project will not identify you or any other participant, and a pseudonym will be used for any quotes that are used.
The information you provide is personal information for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW). You have the right of access to personal information held about you by the University, the right to request correction and amendment of it, and the right to make a complaint about a breach of the Information Protection Principles as contained in the PPIP Act. Further information on how the University protects personal information is available in the UNSW Privacy Management Plan.
How and when will I find out what the results of the research study are?
The research team intend to publish and report the results of the research study in a variety of ways. All information published will be done in a way that will not identify you. If you would like to receive a copy of the results you can let the research team know by including your details in the space provided in the consent form.
You can also keep updated about the study results on this website.
What if I want to withdraw from the research study?
If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw at any time. You can do so by completing the ‘Withdrawal of Consent Form’ which is provided at the end of the consent form. Alternatively you can ring the research team and tell them you no longer want to participate. Your decision not to participate or to withdraw from the study will not affect your relationship with UNSW Sydney.
If you decide to leave the research study, the researchers will not collect additional information from you. Any identifiable information about you will be withdrawn from the research project. If you decide to withdraw from the study after the analysis and/or publication of any de-identified data, withdrawing this published de-identified data will not be possible.