Safety, Acceptance, Fairness, and Equality (SAFE Project):
Acceptable Risk and Donor Selection

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Informed Consent Form

This study, conducted by researchers at McGill University and the University of Nottingham (funded by the Canadian Blood Services), seeks to better understand people’s attitudes related to blood donation and the current limits on accepting blood from men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM). In recent years, the policy on accepting blood from MSM has been relaxed somewhat and further changes are contemplated. This fairly brief survey should take only 15 minutes to complete. Although not all questions may seem related to the topic of blood donation, we hope that it will give researchers and policy-makers a better idea of a number of things that influence attitudes.

In terms of the survey itself, there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. The survey is anonymous. No information that might identify you will be requested. At the end, after the survey has been completed, you will be directed to another part of the website where you can enter your name and email address if you would like to be entered into a lottery with the possibility of winning one of four iPad minis. This is done simply as appreciation of your time and it will not be possible for us to link your survey responses to this information. If you prefer, you do not have to enter the lottery to complete the survey.

There are no risks associated with completing the survey. As noted above it is anonymous. There are also no direct personal benefits associated with completing the survey, e.g., you may or may not win an iPad, though we hope that this information will be useful in influencing blood donation policy.

Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may discontinue the survey at any time though if you stop before the end you will not reach the section that registers you for the lottery.

If you have any concerns you may discuss them with the principal investigator, Dr. Blaine Ditto, of the Department of Psychology of McGill University at 514-398-6097 or You may also contact McGill University’s Research Ethics Officer, Ms. Lynda McNeil at 514-398-6831 or

Clicking “I agree to participate in the survey” below indicates your agreement to participate in the survey and will direct you to the first page.

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* 1. Do you agree to participate in this survey?