A World Health Organisation report highlighted that men who have sex with men (MSM) are facing a disproportionately high burden of mental health disorders. The situation is expected to be even worse among those MSM who are HIV positive (HIV-MSM). It poses additional challenges in mainland China as resources for psychological support for HIV-MSM are limited.
Professor Lau's presentation will discuss research findings on various related issues, including prevalence, potential consequences, service seeking, illness representations, and positive psychology interventions. Research opportunities will also be discussed.
Professor Lau is currently Professor and Associate Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Head of the Division of Behavioral Health and Health Promotion, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK. He pursued his master and doctorate degrees at University of California, Berkeley. He was formally director of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics and President of the Hong Kong Epidemiology Association. Prof Lau is the Founding President of the Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health. As an interdisciplinary behavioural scientist, his research interests include those of risk behaviours (e.g. HIV and addiction), preventive behaviours (e.g. vaccination) and mental health research (e.g. positive psychology). He has authored and co-authored over 380 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals. Professor Lau concurrently holds honorary professorships at China National Academy of Sciences, Peking Union Medical College and Sun Yat Sen University, among other educational institutions in China. He has also been Director of AIDS Concern in Hong Kong since 2005.