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.

Call us on 1800 732 644 or

speak to your nurse or doctor today to
get involved

About SEAS-P

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.



Study Information

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.






  • Principal Investigator:

Associate Professor Dr Eric Chow


  • Student Investigator:

Dr Ei Aung


  • Associate Investigators:

Professor Marcus Chen, Associate Professor Jason Ong, Dr Tiffany Phillips


  • Research Nurses:

Kate Maddaford, Elena Rodriguez


  • Study site

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre


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What's Involved

If you are interested in this study, please email us at seas@mshc.org.au 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 Video Instructions

SEAS-P PDF Instruction sheet

How to do an anal self examination

Download PDF

6 months calendar

Your 6 months calendar

Download PDF

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Q & A
  • What happens if I find something unusual during examination?

    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.

  • What does a normal or an infected anus look like?

    To see what a normal anus or an STI infected anus looks like Click here.


    WARNING: You are about to view images of body parts, adult viewing only is advised.

Contact Us

How can I join the study?


  • Contact us on: 1800-732-644
  • Send an SMS to the above number
  • Email us at: seas@mshc.org.au
  • Ask your clinician about SEAS-P when you are next at our clinic





The main co-ordinating site of SEAS-P is Melbourne Sexual Health Centre


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About SEAS-P
Study Information
What's Involved
Q & A
Contact Us