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Please read this consent form so that you understand what your participation will involve. Before you consent to participate, please ask any questions to be sure you understand what your participation will involve.
Investigators: Natalie Stratton, MA (Principal Investigator, Ryerson University)
Trevor A. Hart, Ph.D., C. Psych (Supervisor, Ryerson University)
Tuuli Kukkonen, Ph.D., C. Psych (Supervisory Committee Member, University of Guelph)
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of gay, bisexual, and queer men’s experiences of pain during receptive anal intercourse (i.e., bottoming). The study findings will contribute to the principal investigator’s doctoral dissertation.   
Description of the Study: This study aims to recruit 200 gay, bisexual, or queer men who experience pain during receptive anal intercourse and 200 pain-free gay, bisexual, or queer men.
You are eligible to participate in the study if you:
  • Identify as a gay, bisexual, or queer male
  • Have had sexual activity with another male during the past 6 months
  • Are over the age of 18 years old
  • Are able to speak and read English
  • Hold a Canadian bank account
  • Anticipate that you will be able to complete the full online survey package
What you will be asked to do: You are being asked to voluntarily complete this online survey package. The survey package includes questions about pain during receptive anal intercourse, mental and physical health, sexual behaviours and functioning, and the experiences of men who have had sex with men. More specifically, this survey package asks questions that may be sensitive in nature pertaining to childhood sexual and physical abuse, sexual coercion, sexual dysfunction, and discrimination. The survey package should take about 1-hour to complete.
Benefits of the Research and Benefits to You: Although there is no direct benefit to you for taking part in this study, your participation in this study will help us to better understand gay, bisexual, and queer men’s experiences of pain during receptive anal intercourse, and to develop effective medical and psychological treatments for this population.
Risks and Discomforts: There are no physical risks involved in participating in this study. It is possible that you may feel uncomfortable when answering some of the questions asked in this study. You have the option to skip or not respond to any question that makes you feel uncomfortable. Please be advised that you can withdraw from the study at any time if you wish to do so, without any consequences.
Confidentiality: The survey is anonymous and as such will not be collecting information that will easily identify you. Your Internet Protocol (IP) address can be tracked through the survey platform and may be observed only to ensure that one individual is not completing the survey multiple times.
This survey uses QualtricsTM, which is a United States of America (USA) company. Consequently, QualtricsTM or USA authorities may access survey data in some forms (e.g., aggregate usage information) and under strict policies. QualtricsTM employs a variety of security features to make sure that the data collected are not accessible by outside bodies. More information on Qualtrics'TM security systems can be viewed here: Information regarding their protective privacy policy is available here: If you would prefer participate with a paper-based survey, please contact the principal investigator, Natalie Stratton. Please note a paper-based survey may allow your identity to be known to the researcher/s. If you select this option your information will be kept confidential.
Data Storage and Dissemination of Results: To further protect your information, data stored by the researcher will be password protected and/or encrypted. The researcher/s will keep the data for up to 7 years after the study is over. After this period, the data will be destroyed (i.e., permanently deleted from the QualtricsTM server and password protected computer).
Only the researcher/s named in this study will have access to the data as collected. Any future publications will include collective information (i.e., aggregate data). Your individual responses (i.e. raw data) will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.
Once the data has been collected and analyzed by the investigators, a summary of the study findings will be posted on our study’s Facebook page and website. Links to peer-reviewed publications will also be provided. 
Compensation: You will be compensated $10.00 for the full completion of the online survey package. At the end of the survey, you will be asked whether you would like to be compensated for your participation. If you select “Yes,” you will be directed to a separate online questionnaire where you will be asked to enter your first and last name as well as your email address. Your name and email address will not be linked to your survey responses.
Withdrawal from the Study: Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You can choose whether or not to participate in this study. Your choice of whether or not to participate will not influence your future relations with Ryerson University or the investigators involved in this research. If any question makes you uncomfortable, you can choose not to answer. You may choose to withdraw at any time by closing your web-browser. If you decide you would no longer like to be a part of the study, your data will not be used. However, because the survey is anonymous, once you click the submit button at the end of the survey the researchers will not be able to determine which survey answers belong to you so your information cannot be withdrawn after that point. 
Questions About the Study? If you have questions about the research in general or about your participation in the study, please feel free to contact:

Natalie Stratton, MA             
Principal Investigator                         
HIV Prevention Lab, Ryerson University     
416-979-5000 extension 2179                       
Dr. Trevor Hart
HIV Prevention Lab, Ryerson University     
416-979-5000 extension 2179                       

This research has been reviewed by the Ryerson University’s Research Ethics Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. If you have questions regarding your rights as a participant in this study please contact:
Research Ethics Board
c/o Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
By clicking “Yes, I consent to participating in this study,” you acknowledge that you have read the information in this agreement and have had a chance to ask any questions you have about the study. Your consent also means that you agree to participate in the study and have been told that you can change your mind at any time. 

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