Gay and homosexually active men represent around 50% of all HIV notifications in Western Australia, and remain overrepresented in this area. WA AIDS Council provides a number of services for men, from workshops and education through to sexual health clinics and community outreach.
Gay Periodic Survey
The WA AIDS Council is once again charged with conducting a survey of gay men in Perth. The study researches the HIV-related sexual and social behaviour of men attached to the Perth gay community to identify and understand changes in sexual behaviour and inform health promotion initiatives aimed at this target community. The research is collated and analysed by the University of New South Wales Centre for Social Research in Health, and the Kirby Institute. The study is essentially a repeat of the biennial surveys that have previously been conducted in Western Australia. This year it will be administered to coincide with Fairday on Sunday 29 October and we will undertake surveys during the two weeks following. The survey focuses on sexual behaviour, nature of sexual relationships, HIV testing practices and sero-status, aspects of social attachment to the gay community, and of course a number of demographic items. It is self-administered and confidential, and takes up to ten minutes to complete. The results of the Perth Gay Community Periodic survey directly inform the development of effective health promotion and community development strategies in Western Australia and will enable the WA AIDS Council to respond to important changes in sexual negotiation and behaviour, and the meanings of HIV in the gay community. The study will also make an important contribution to the collection and comparison of equivalent data throughout Australia as part of a national data collection strategy.
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Wanting to find out where you can get an anonymous confidential sexual health check? The Sauna Sexual Health Service and the M Clinic provide sexual health information testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs). For more information, visit the M Clinic website, http://www.mclinic.org.au/