The purpose of this study is to find out what men know about the period after having sex without a condom (high risk sex) up until receiving HIV test results that reveal whether or not infection with HIV occurred; and, we want to know how men rate an avatar/cartoon video that provides education on this period. The study includes asking men age 18 and above to spend approximately 25 minutes answering online survey questions, 5 minutes watching an avatar/cartoon video, and 5-10 minutes rating the video and answering final questions. The goal is to use the findings of this study in health education and prevention campaigns.

Study Location: The research study is being conducted online. Participants can only access the study by following the study link. This can be done wherever the participant has access to a computer and the Internet.


Potential Risks: There are no anticipated high risks for participating in this study. When answering survey questions, some participants may experience embarrassment, discomfort, emotional pain, sadness, or stress. This is a risk of answering some survey questions. Although, we would encourage study completion, a participant can discontinue participation in this study at any time. Simply exit the survey and delete the link to the survey. Any participant who becomes upset can pursue help via the Internet as follows: conduct a search through by entering “free online counseling.” For example, go to counseling-t.php and access support 24 hours a day/seven days a week from a trained professional volunteer; or, go to to access online counseling resources; or, go to to receive free online therapy with a qualified professional. Again, it is not anticipated that participating in this study will trigger so much discomfort that will make online counseling necessary. The online counseling links are offered just in case you do experience discomfort.

Remember, participation in this study is completely voluntary. Participants can end their involvement in the study at any time. Simply exit the survey and delete the link to the survey.

There is another potential risk for study participants. Participants may experience feelings of fatigue, frustration, or boredom while answering survey questions. Steps were taken to minimize this risk by selecting the most important questions and by limiting the amount of time it takes to answer questions.

There is another potential risk. This involves feeling influenced by someone or pressured to participate in the study. No participant should feel forced or pressured to be in the study. The use of an online survey means that the researcher has no way of knowing who actually took the survey and who did not. This reduces/minimizes the risk of your feeling coerced, pressured, or forced to participate in the study. Remember, you can discontinue study participation at any time. Simply exit the survey and delete the link to the survey.

Potential Benefits: There are no direct benefits for study participants. No benefits from study participation are being promised or guaranteed. Some potential benefit is possible.