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Get Connected: RCT Screener


Thank you for your interest in the Get Connected study! Before we go on, we must determine whether you are eligible with a short survey. Here's some things you need to know:

1. Your answers are confidential: we don't have any information about who you are beyond the questions you answer.

2. This survey includes some personal questions. You can choose to not answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable.

3. If you are eligible, you will be asked to provide contact information so you can be contacted by study staff to participate in the study.
1. Do you consent to be screened? *This question is required.
Interested in participating in a research study?

The purpose of the study is to test an online web application (Get Connected).
Your participation in this study will take place over 12 months. If you agree to be part of the study, you will be asked to do two main things:
1. Complete six surveys over the course of 12 months
2. Use a web application called Get Connected (GC)
Learn more about the study
At the initial study visit, you will complete the baseline survey and we will show you how to use Get Connected. This visit will last about 1 1/2 hours. You will be asked to complete a survey at your initial visit, and again after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. After the baseline survey, you will have the option to come in or take all other surveys remotely on a mobile device or laptop or desktop computer. Each survey should take between 30-45 minutes to complete. To join the study is voluntary. You may refuse to join, or you may withdraw your consent to be in the study at any time, for any reason, without penalty.
Before we can move forward, we need to ensure that you meet a few eligibility requirements. The screening process is optional, and you may choose at any time not to participate. If you choose to proceed, you will be asked a few questions, and your answers will determine whether or not you are eligible to participate in this research study. This will take approximately 5 minutes.
Learn more about the screener
The screener asks questions about sensitive topics, like age, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and HIV status. Some of these questions are of a personal nature and you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed answering them - you can decide to stop answering questions at any time. If you don’t answer all the questions, we may not know if you are eligible for the study and therefore might not be able to schedule a study visit.
Privacy Policy
If you meet the basic eligibility for this study and are interested in participating, the screener will ask you for your contact information to schedule a visit for you to meet with study staff.  All information shared in this screener is strictly confidential, will only be used for research study purposes, and will not be shared with third parties. If you are not eligible for the study, you can choose to have your name and contact information kept by the study team if you would like to be contacted about future research studies. Your information will be kept on a secure server.  If you choose not to be contacted for future studies, your information will be deleted.

The possible risks of screening for the study include the risk of breach of confidentiality. Data is encrypted on this survey website to minimize this risk. When study staff receive your information, it will be kept on a secure server. Because this screener includes some questions around sensitive topics, please be aware that if you are using a shared or public device, or if you are in a public space, it is possible that others could monitor your activity. We encourage you to consider your surroundings and the privacy of the device and connection you are using before beginning the screener. While you may not benefit personally from being in this research study, the information learned from this study will assist the researchers in learning about how well apps, such as Get Connected, may work for young people like you.
If you have questions, or concerns about this study, you may call Willey Lin at the University of Pennsylvania at 215-746-3554 or email 

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 919-966-3113 or by email to  Please reference UNC IRB# 16-3183 if you contact the UNC-CH IRB.