About one business day later, you will be emailed a link to the first study survey, along with a unique study code number that you should enter into that survey. The surveys are confidential. Please do not include your name or any other identifying information other than what is asked in the survey. The first study survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and asks you questions about your health, perspectives and experiences with PrEP and the “The PrEP You Want: How to Order PrEP Online” approach. You have the option to not answer any questions which you find confusing, uncomfortable, or choose to skip for any reason. You also have the option to withdraw your consent at any time for any reason, either by contacting the study team before the study is complete (summer 2018), or by simply not completing the survey. If you choose to withdraw while still logged into the survey, clicking on the “Exit and clear sruvey” button will delete all your responses and close the survey. If you choose to withdraw after submitting your responses, you should reply to the original email address that sends you the survey link.
If you do consent to being contacted in the future, this contact will be limited to the short second study survey, and to information about potential future studies about HIV prevention conducted by the research team. This contact will be kept for no more than 5 years before being deleted.
All information obtained during the study will be held in strict confidence. Although the initial administrative survey asks for your email address, which may include your name or other identifying information, this will be stored separately from the main study data, will only be used by one member of the study team (the study coordinator), and will not be disclosed to others. Completed surveys will be securely stored until study completion, after which the surveys will be securely destroyed. Unless otherwise required by law, access to study surveys will be limited to the study investigators and their delegates, the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital Research Ethics Boards, for the purpose of monitoring the study, and the survey provider (HostedinCanada). The results of this study may be presented by the study team at conferences, seminars or other public forums, and published in journals. Study data will be kept for 7 years after completion of the study before being deleted.
Some of the questions may be embarrassing, or ask about issues you are uncomfortable disclosing. You are free to skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
There are no known benefits to you from participating in this study. Your participation in this study may benefit populations in need of PrEP for HIV prevention in the future.
Research Ethics Board Contact
The study protocol and consent form have been reviewed by the HIV Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto and by the Research Ethics Board at St. Michael’s Hospital. If you have any concerns regarding your rights as a study participant, you may contact the University of Toronto Research Oversight and Compliance Office – Human Research Ethics Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-946-3273 during business hours, or the Chair of the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Ethics Board at (416) 864-6060 x2557 during business hours.
Study Contact Information
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the principal investigator, Dr. Darrell Tan at (416) 864-5568 during business hours.