ACON is encouraging gay men in NSW to take part in a bi-annual survey to improve understanding on health issues in the gay community.

The Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey is designed to improve understanding of gay health issues by gathering data on sexual behaviour, sexual health, drug use and community engagement.

The survey is conducted by the National Centre in HIV Social Research and Kirby Institute with ACON and Positive Life NSW.

It forms a significant part of NSW’s HIV response, enabling ACON and other organisations to measure the level of risk behaviour in the community every six months.

It is open until August 26.

Recruiters will be visiting close to 20 LGBT-friendly venues throughout Sydney including clinics, pubs, clubs, sex venues and gyms.

ACON’s CEO, Nic Parkhill said more than 5000 surveys are completed each year.

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

“This is important for an organisation 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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