If you’re male, aged between 18 and 35 years and living in Australia, this study wants to hear from you!
For more info, check out their website here
Are you a young Australian man interested in getting involved in health research?
Why are we doing this study?
- We are conducting this study to find out how common human papillomavirus (HPV) is in young men, and factors that are associated with having HPV.
- HPV is usually harmless but can in certain circumstances lead to genital warts, cervical cancer in women and, rarely, some forms of cancer in men. Since 2006 a vaccine has been offered to high school girls to protect them from infection. In 2013, the Australian government extended the HPV vaccination program to include high school boys.
- We hope to use the information we are collecting to see if there is a decrease in HPV in young men after the vaccination program. To do this, we first need to measure HPV in young males before the vaccination program was introduced.
Who is doing and funding this study?
- This research is funded by The Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, through a grant from the Australian government Department of Health. We are a team of experienced doctors and scientists with an interest in sexual health, HPV and associated cancers.
Who can participate?
To participate, you must be:
- Between the ages of 18 and 35 years old;
- Living in Australia (citizen or permanent resident); and
- Sexually active.
What is involved?
- Filling out a confidential short online questionnaire that takes about 20 minutes to complete
- Self-collecting a swab of the outside of your penis and sending it back to us. We will test the swab for HPV. We post you everything you need; you collect it in the privacy of your home and post it back to us. It’s quick and completely painless. Too easy!
What’s in it for me?
- Helping to improve men’s health
- Learning more about HPV and your own health
Is it confidential?
Absolutely: your participation and all information and results about you are confidential.
The ethical aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The Royal Women’s Hospital.