Making it count: HIV survey aims to get clearer picture
In the run-up to Fair Day, gay men are being urged to contribute to two important studies into HIV: the familiar Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey and the COUNT project, exploring the prevalence of HIV among gay men, including those who don't know they have it.
It's the first time the COUNT project has come to Sydney.
The survey, which runs until Sunday February 9, will see recruiters visiting 19 LGBTI-friendly venues throughout Sydney as well as Fair Day.
After doing the survey participants will be asked to provide a saliva sample for the COUNT project, and participants can be anonymous or provide contact details to know the result of the HIV test done on the sample.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said combining COUNT with the Periodic Survey will help provide a much more detailed picture of the impact of HIV on gay men in Sydney.
“Understanding the extent of undiagnosed HIV in NSW is vital to our efforts to ending HIV transmission in NSW, so we’re encouraging gay men to participate in both,” Parkhill said.