Help UQ & USQ researchers to develop a mobile app to reduce barriers to STI testing

On behalf of the research team to invite you to participate as a key community stakeholder in a project being developed between researchers at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and The University of (UQ). The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and has been approved by the USQ Human Research Ethics Committee (No. HREC21REA253).

As you are aware, sexually transmittable infections (STIs) are a worldwide public health issue with a high burden of disease. Compared to the general population, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are considered a priority population because this group is disproportionately affected. Early screening is vital for finding, treating and preventing infections, however, there are many barriers to STI testing for Australian populations.

The purpose of the project is to develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted, interactive, mobile application (a mobile app) to reduce barriers to testing for STIs, link users to other social and health services matched to their particular needs, while preserving their absolute privacy. Our goal is to increase STI testing/treatment among MSM.

Your involvement could include participation in one or more of the following activities:

  • Actively participate in stakeholder engagement workshops
  • Work in partnership to develop and pilot test the mobile app prototype
  • Collaborate to develop strategies that may reduce barriers to STI testing

If you are interested in participating in the project, fill out the below form and we will email you the Participant Information and Consent Form prior and let you know about next steps.  You will be provided with a $100 gift card for your time.  Light catering will also be provided.

Approximately 20 stakeholders will be asked to participate in one or more of the activities listed above. The benefit of participating in this project is the knowledge that you are assisting in work to reduce barriers to STI testing within the community.  Please use the below form to RSVP as soon as possible on as spaces are limited.

If you have questions about this project, you may contact Dylan, Judith or Amy (members of the research team).  Thank you for considering participating in this project.

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