Welcome to the COVID-19 survey!
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Principal Investigator
Dr. Nathan Lachowsky, Research Director - Community-Based Research Centre & Associate Professor - University of Victoria (nlachowsky@uvic.ca, 250-472-5739)
You are being asked to participate in a study entitled “Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Health and Wellbeing of Canadian Sexual and Gender Minoritized Men.” The survey asks questions about your everyday life during COVID-19, including your sex life, sexual health, mental health, substance use, access to health services, and experiences during COVID-19 and associated physical distancing restrictions.

Purpose & Objectives
The overall goal of this study is to evaluate the direct and secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gay, bisexual, trans, and queer men, inclusive of non-binary and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q), in Canada. The data you share will be used to improve services and interventions for GBT2Q people during COVID-19. The survey will assess how COVID-19 has impacted GBT2Q people's sexual behaviours, substance use patterns, economic stability, and ability to access various health services (e.g., HIV and STBBI testing, HIV treatment and PrEP, mental health supports).

Study Procedure
We are asking you to answer a confidential questionnaire that you will do by yourself. The online survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and can be completed anonymously. You may skip any question you don’t wish to answer, or stop at any time. If you have done the Sex Now Survey in the past, you are welcome to complete this survey as well. There are new questions.

Potential Risks
Some questions on the survey are of a personal nature. They include questions regarding past and present substance use, sexual history, HIV and STIs, and violence and may be triggering for you if you have experienced trauma related to these issues. It is important to remember that all questions are optional and can be skipped at any time. Additionally, we provide a list of GBT2Q support resources which you can access here (https://www.cbrc.net/covid19_resources). We encourage you to consult these resources if the survey brings up troubling experiences.

Potential Benefits
By participating, you are helping to improve the health and well-being of GBT2Q communities by illuminating community needs during COVID-19. You’ll also get to access findings from the study online for free next year through the Community-Based Research Centre’s website.
Rights and Compensation
Please note that there is no incentive associated with your participation. This study is completely voluntary. If you take part in the study, you can stop at any time and you will not lose anything. You don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. However, if you decide to stop doing the survey after giving some answers, we unfortunately won’t be able to remove your data. This is because we will not know which answers are yours.

Your participation is completely voluntary and anonymous: you cannot be identified in any way. No one will be able to identify you based on your responses. The data we collect may be shared at a later date with other researchers who are interested in the health and wellbeing of GBT2Q communities. If that happens, those researchers will have no way of identifying you (no name, no contact information). All data will be stored on an encrypted, password-protected Canadian server at the University of Victoria. The results will be shared with academic, governmental, and community audiences. Researchers will at all times comply with the Tri-Council ethical guidelines for research with human participants.

Contact for information about the study
If you have any questions or need further information with respect to this study, you may contact Ben Klassen, Research Manager at the Community-Based Research Centre at 604-568-7478 or at ben.klassen@cbrc.net

Contact for concerns about the rights of research subjects
This research has been reviewed by the University of Victoria’s Research Ethics Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. In addition, you may verify the ethical approval of this study, or raise any concerns you might have, by contacting the Human Research Ethics Office at the University of Victoria (250-472-4545 or ethics@uvic.ca).

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* Consent Agreement
Do you acknowledge and agree to these conditions?