ACON is calling for gay men across Sydney to take the Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey.

The confidential study gives an important snapshot for health organisations on how gay men are living their lives and data from the survey will enable health bodies to coordinate their response to trends in sexual health, drug use and community engagement.

The survey started on Friday August 19 and close to 20-LGBT friendly venues around Sydney will host recruiters who will conduct the study.

Gay men can expect to come across recruiters in clinics, pubs, sex venues and gyms until Sunday August 28. Last year, the same survey attracted 3500 respondents.

The survey takes place twice a year and is run by the National Centre in HIV Social Research and the Kirby Institute in collaboration with ACON and Positive Life NSW.

ACON is encouraging all gay men to participate in the 10-minute survey.

“These surveys give us a very useful picture of how gay men in our community are living their lives,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.

“Our recruiters also generally visit the same venues during each survey period so we get similar groups of people participating each time. This helps us to track behavioural trends more effectively.”

“This is important for organisations like ACON so we can be aware of any social, sexual or drug use trends that are developing which then allows us to respond with appropriate health promotion messages.”

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