This is a community-based study, which aims to explore the epidemiology and public attitudes to health policies regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Hong Kong.
To enroll, participants must meet the following criteria:
- Male age of 18 or above;
- Ever have sex with male;
- Normally living in Hong Kong
- Could communicate in written and spoken English or Chinese
This study includes two parts.
Part 1: at baseline, participants are invited to complete an online questionnaire (<20 min). The Research Team would then deliver a self-sampling kit to a participant’s selected pick-up location. Please follow the instruction for self-sampling, and return the collected samples to the Research Team (read more about our Collection Points).
Part 2: one year afterwards, participants are invited to complete a simple online follow-up questionnaire (<10 min) and self-collect the samples.
*Medical referral will be made if tested Neisseria gonorrhoeae and/or Chlamydia trachomatis positive. HPV test result would not be provided.
Safety and Costs
Is this study safe?
There are no foreseeable physical, psychological, social, or economical harms of joining the study. You may experience minor pain or slight discomfort during self-sampling.
How much does this study cost? Do I have to pay for anything?
Sample collection kits, delivery and testing in this study are free. You do NOT have to pay.
Data and Personal Information
What happens to my data?
Data collected will be used for research purpose only. All data will be password protected and accessed by designated research staff only. Research findings will be presented in aggregates not referrable to individuals. All collected data will be destroyed 5 years after completion of the study. Personal information of participants will not be disclosed. Remaining samples will be used only for the purpose of further investigation or validating results of the same study.
Who can see my data and personal information?
This is an anonymous study. Your information and data will be kept strictly confidential. Only the designated research staff have access to the data and your information will not be disclosed to any third party.
Participation and Withdrawal
Who can participate?
You are eligible to participate if you are (1) male, (2) aged 18 or above, (3) ever have sex with male, (4) normally living in Hong Kong and (5) could communicate in written and spoken English or Chinese.
How can I participate?
You may click here to choose your preferred language and complete the online survey.
What if I change my mind about participating?
You can leave the study at any time. Your decision to leave will NOT incure any penalty.
Self-sampling and Test Results
What is self-sampling?
"Self-sampling" is the collection of samples by yourself without the assistance of clinical staff. The collected samples would be sent to the laboratory for testing. You can decide on the time, venue and setting for self-sampling. If you agree to join, we will deliver a self-sampling kit (urine and swab collection) to your selected pick-up location. You only have to follow the self-sampling instruction and return the collected samples to us.
What kind of samples are needed?
Self-collected swabs and urine sample are needed. If samples have been as instructed, our laboratory would test for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections in urine, pharyngeal and rectal samples, and human papillomavirus infection in pharyngeal, penile and rectal swabs.
Will I receive my test results?
Test results will be sent back to you. Medical referral will be made if you are tested positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia trachomatis.
What should I do if I were tested positive?
Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis: If tested positive, medical referral would be made for follow up. Human papillomavirus (HPV): For male: No further action is needed. Thanks for helping us understand the epidemiology of HPV.
For more information about the Research Team, please visit:
Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong:
The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong :