Ethics

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Garrett Prestage (phone: 02-9385 0900; email: gprestage@kirby.unsw.edu.au) who will be happy to answer them.

Confidentiality

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or except as required by law. If you give us your permission by signing this document and consenting to participate in FLUX, we plan to discuss the statistical findings from this project with both relevant government and non-government organisations and publish the results in peer-review journals. Information will be published in an aggregate manner, so that you cannot be identified. The de-identified data will also be maintained in a confidential manner and kept for a period of seven years after the study ceases.

Complaints

Complaints may be directed to the Ethics Secretariat, The University of New South Wales, SYDNEY 2052 AUSTRALIA (phone (02) 9385 4234, fax (02) 9385 6648, email ethics.gmo@unsw.edu.au). Any complaint you make will be investigated promptly and you will be informed out the outcome.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided through the media, through public meetings and seminars (advertised in the gay press and other press), and through reports and publications prepared by the study team. Copies of reports and articles that involve data from this study will be available in a Publications and Reports Section on this website in the near future and on the publications page at The Kirby Institute and at ARCSHS (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society).

Your consent

Your decision whether or not to participate will not prejudice your future relations with the University of New South Wales, the Kirby Institute, ACON, NDARC (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, VAC (Victorian AIDS Council), NUAA (New South Wales Users and AIDS Association) or the Centre for Social Research in Health. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and to discontinue participation at any time without prejudice.

Funding

The Flux Study is funded by the Australian Research Council.

Partnerships

Flux is being conducted by the Kirby Institute for immunity and infection in society at UNSW, in partnership with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW, the Social Research Centre in Health at UNSW, ACON, the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre, and the New South Wales Users and AIDS Association.

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