Men who have sex with men have been invited to take part in a new survey on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to see how they think prevention should be tackled.

National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research senior lecturer Garret Prestage told Southern Star the Pash-On survey was a follow up to the national Pash study conducted last year.

“The survey will be running for about a month and we’d encourage all gay men to take part,” Prestage said.

“Pash-On is to follow up on some particular issues, mainly around what gay men think would be likely to work as a way of reducing infections and what they’d be prepared to do.

“We’re asking questions around whether they’d be prepared to change their sexual behaviour in certain ways or the way that they get tested.”

Prestage said information collected during the Pash survey was still being analysed but certain things had stood out already, particularly the need for a greater variety of resources targeting different groups of gay men.

“Essentially, what it told us was that gay men think about HIV and the risks involved in a lot of different ways — some of them well informed and very detailed in the amount of information that they have, and others having really very little idea and very little contact with people with HIV,” he said.

“Not all gay men need the same things out of HIV education and what they want are ways of thinking about HIV and information about HIV that suit their needs.”

info: To take part visit www.nchecrsurveys.unsw.edu.au/pash/PASH-ON/page-1.html

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