The research team have extensive experience with research projects, especially those that involve interviews concerning potentially sensitive topics. The lead researcher, Alice, who will be conducting the interviews, has experience working in sexual health and HIV clinics, conducting consultations and carrying out interviews for research.
However, if you feel uncomfortable at any point in time during the interview, you will be able to skip any question, take as much time as you want or stop the interview at any point in time. This will not effect any services you are wishing to or are currently receiving.
As we will be discussing your own experiences, some of which may be sensitive, the researcher team is appropriately trained and will respond accordingly. If you do make any disclosures during the interview, the research team will assess the situation and inform the respective ‘gatekeeper’ or support services if it is necessary.
Following the interview, you may want to speak to someone outside of the research if you feel like you need some support or more information on a certain topic. If you have joined the research through a ‘gatekeeper’ such as an NHS service, community organisation or charity, you can contact them directly and they will be have to speak whenever is convenient for you. Alternatively, you can find contact details and websites to support services by clicking the links below:
- Mind (Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463)
- Samaritans (Call 116 123 or email Jo)
- Heads Together
- Terrence Higgins Trust (Call 0808 802 1221 or email THT)
- Terrence Higgins Trust Sexual Health Line (Call 0300 123 7123)