We are looking for men who are willing to participate in an anal self-examination to detect anal syphilis lesions.
If you are 18 and over, you are a man who has sex with other men and practices receptive anal sex (i.e. being a bottom partner), you are eligible to join.
Men who practise receptive anal sex are invited to take part in this research project:
“A pilot study of anal self-examination for early detection of anal syphilis”.
Syphilis is a very common sexually transmitted infection among gay men in Australia. If left untreated, it can cause serious problems such as syphilis in the brain, eyes and ears. It is important to detect syphilis early.
Performing anal self-examination might be able to detect early syphilis infection in the anus. We want to know if it is feasible for men to do anal self-examination regularly.
The SEAS-P Study looks at whether men can practise anal self-examination weekly in order to detect anal syphilis.
You will need to practise anal self-examination every week for the 12-week study period.
You are required to record the day that you perform anal self-examination in a logbook provided. You will be asked to complete a survey which will be sent via SMS every month over the 3-month duration.
The ethical aspects of this research project have been approved by the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee.
Associate Professor Dr Eric Chow
Dr Ei Aung
Professor Marcus Chen, Associate Professor Jason Ong, Dr Tiffany Phillips
Kate Maddaford, Elena Rodriguez
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
If you are interested in this study, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and leave your contact detail. The research doctor or nurse will contact you on your mobile and explain the study to you and access if you are eligible. After explaining the study, you will be asked to provide informed consent if you wish to participate.
We will send you the instruction sheet and logbooks via email or post. We will send you the links of monthly surveys via SMS.
Participation in this research is voluntary and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. There is also a free call number 1800 732 644 where you can speak to a research doctor or nurse anytime during business hours throughout the study.
If you participate in the study, you will be reimbursed for your time with vouchers $50 over the 12 weeks.
Some resources for participants:
SEAS-P PDF Instruction sheet
Please contact the research doctor or nurse at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. The details are provided under contact. You will be arranged to have an appointment with a doctor to have an examination at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.
To see what a normal anus or an STI infected anus looks like Click here.
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