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A study about you and your experiences. 

This study by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales is funded by NSW Health to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on Australian gay and bisexual men's ongoing risk of HIV and sexual and mental health.

ABOUT THE STUDY

Social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 may affect how gay and bisexual men are arranging their sex lives and taking care of their health. And this will likely also affect trends in HIV infection and STIs over coming months, or even years. Monitoring the impact of COVID-19, before, during, and after the pandemic, is essential to understanding and responding to trends in HIV infection, mental health, and STIs.

This study investigating the lived experiences of COVID-19 among gay and bisexual men including isolation, support, mental health and resilience, income loss, and access to health services. We will address how gay and bisexual men experience, engage with, and emerge from, COVID-19.

What does participation in this research require? 

If you decide to take part in this study, we will ask you to do the following:

  1. Your first questionnaire: This questionnaire collects information about you and your previous experiences.

  2. Weekly diary: After completing the your first survey, you will be asked to complete a 5-minute diary each Sunday. 

What's in it for you? 

We value our participants! To show our appreciation, for every survey you complete, you’ll automatically go in a raffle to win prizes in the form of gift cards to the value of $200.

 
 

STUDY TEAM

Lead Investigator 

  • Associate Professor Garrett Prestage, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
Coordinating Chief Investigator: 
Coordinating Chief Investigator: 
  • Dr Mohamed A. Hammoud, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
Co-Chief Investigators: 
  • Professor Lisa Maher, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Bridget Haire, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Associate Professor Adam Bourne, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.
  • Professor Louisa Degenhardt, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Toby Lea, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Jeff Jin, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Peter Saxton, Department of Social and Community Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland.
  • Professor Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.
  • Professor Andrew Grulich, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Benjamin Bavinton, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Dean Murphy, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
 
Associate Investigators:
Associate Investigators:
  • Dr Jeanne Ellard, AFAO.
  • Nicky Bath, National LGBTI Health Alliance.
  • Brent Mackie, ACON.
  • Colin Batrouney, Thorne Harbour Health.
Study coordinator: 
  • Daniel Storer, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
Study Reference Group:
  • Associate Professor Garrett Prestage, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Mohamed A. Hammoud, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Daniel Storer, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Professor Lisa Maher, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Professor Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Andrew Grulich, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.
  • Dr Jeanne Ellard, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
  • Brent Mackie, ACON NSW 
  • Tina Gordon, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Cherie Power, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Rochelle Avasalu, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Philip Tyler, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Neil Fraser, Positive LIfe NSW

 

CONTACT

For general questions and further information about the study,
please email us at: heppadmin@kirby.unsw.edu.au 

Collaboration and Media contact:

​Dr Mohamed A. Hammoud

t: +61 2 9385 9954 | e: mhammoud@kirby.unsw.edu.au

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