Gay Periodic Survey adds additional study on HIV - COUNT.
Every year, the Gay Periodic Study gathers valuable information on the state of the sexual health and wellbeing of our community. The survey which is conducted at the two major festivals – Midsumma and Mardi Gras - documents the sexual activity of gay men.
This year participants in the survey will be asked to participate in a further study – COUNT.
COUNT's focus is to gather previously unavailable information on the number of gay and bisexual men living with HIV, and hopes to identify how many of those men are unaware that they are HIV-positive.
The study is being run by the Burnet Institute and the University of New South Wales. Researchers hope COUNT will give community health providers a valuable insight into the characteristics of men with undiagnosed HIV infection which will be used for the development of new HIV prevention policy and programs.
Currently there is very little inofrmation about the sexual proclivities and sexual health and wellbieng of gay men with HIV who are undiagnosed and the study hopes to garner valauble information.
So, whether you’re HIV-negative, positive, or don’t know, COUNT wants you to participate.
If you’ve already agreed to complete the Gay Community Periodic Surevy then all you need to do for COUNT is provide a saliva sample. It only takes a minute and can be done whilst you complete the survey.
You can participate in either an anonymous or confidential fashion.
Anonymous participants will not be notified of their results. Confidential participants will receive an SMS when their test results are ready within 2-3 weeks.
In order to participate you need to be a Gay Community Periodic Survey participant. You must also be aged 18 or over; sexually active with other men in the past five years; and able to give or withhold consent. Whether you’re HIV positive or negative, or don’t know your status, you’re eligible to take part.
Count will also be conducting its study at WA Pride, Brisbane Pride and Adelaide Feast festival.
More info: count.org.au