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The HYPER2 study will tell us what the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is among young men who have sex with men (MSM) after the male HPV vaccination program.
This is important as the HPV vaccine may help to prevent genital warts and anal cancer in this group of men.
Who can join the study?
People assigned male at birth can join the study if they are:
Ethics and confidentiality
This study has been approved by the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee (429/16). Your personal details and any information obtained in connection with this study will remain confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this research project.
Thanks for your interest in the “HYPER2” study, a health project for young, same-sex attracted people assigned male at birth.
If you are a 16 to 19 year same-sex attracted men, you may be interested in a project conducted at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.
Your involvement in our research will help us to improve the health of young men and to understand more about one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, the human papillomavirus (HPV), in young same-sex attracted people assigned male at birth. HPV can cause genital and anal warts, and has been linked to some cancers.
We aim to find out how common HPV infection is in young men aged 16-19 years after the introduction of the male HPV vaccination program.
This study is being conducted by the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC), part of Alfred Health, and Monash University.
The study involves TWO clinic visits at MSHC. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire, and will also be tested for HPV and other sexually transmitted infections. Receive a Gift Voucher Card for your participation!
HPV (Human papillomavirus) is a virus that is commonly transmitted through sexual contact. It is so common that it could be considered a normal part of being sexually active.
Most people will have HPV at some time in their life and never know it, as there are often no noticeable symptoms of HPV.
There are many different types of HPV, and some types cause visible warts on the skin and genitals. Genital warts are generally painless and appear as bumps or growths on the skin and can be treated.
The body’s immune system usually clears HPV by itself, but sometimes certain types of HPV take longer than usual and there can an increased risk of developing some cancers.
Studies have shown that HPV infection is common among men who have sex with men (MSM), who are also at increased risk for developing anal cancer compared with other men.
The study will be conducted at MSHC which is Victoria’s leading clinic for the testing and management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
You can be assured of high quality professional and non-judgmental care at MSHC.
You will be able to get the results of your STI tests about a week after the clinic visit. Although we will test for the HPV, we will not provide the results of the HPV test to you as this test is not normally done in clinics and there is no particular treatment recommended for people with the HPV.
If you become upset or distressed as a result of your participation in the study, please let the research nurse know to arrange for counseling.
Any counseling (including testing and treatment) will be provided by staff at MSHC and will be free of charge.