This study aimed to understand how people from a range of different communities are choosing to store and share their personal health information in a variety of digital health systems and technologies.
The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour (ARTB) presents data from a selection of our behavioural and social research, focusing in particular on studies assessing trends over time or addressing emerging issues.
Documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C: A three-year qualitative Discovery Project to document – for the first time – firsthand accounts of what serodiscordance means in the context of everyday family life.
This study investigated whether the internet increases social capital among men who have sex with men (MSM) by building social connections and a sense of belonging, and whether such ‘virtual’ communities facilitate the uptake of internet-based HIV prevention and other health promotion messages and their translation into safe sex practice.
The COUNT study is designed to provide robust estimates of the prevalence of HIV and undiagnosed infection among gay and bisexual men and identify factors associated with undiagnosed infection. An earlier version of the study was conducted in 2013-14.
The aim of this study was to investigate knowledge and perceptions of HIV and the use of health services among the general populations of four ethnic communities in Sydney that have a high prevalence of HIV infection: Thai, Cambodian, Sudanese and Ethiopian.
People living with long-term infections such as viral hepatitis or HIV face unique challenges as they age. Treatment side effects may hasten the ageing process, and/or predispose people to other medical issues.
The project aimed to examine barriers and incentives to HIV testing and treatment among gay and bisexual men in Tasmania, including the role of stigma and discrimination towards sexual minorities and HIV in discouraging engagement with services.
This pilot study is investigating expert perspectives on the social factors that influence the adoption and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and its uptake in locations with disparities of access, awareness and infrastructure.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was subsidised by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in April 2018. GPs and HIV/sexual health specialists are key actors to prescribing PrEP to get maximal coverage of populations at risk of acquiring HIV, particularly gay and bisexual men.
This project involved undertaking the initial preparatory logistical and methodological development work to determine the feasibility of establishing an internet-based cohort and repeat cross-sectional research program among homosexually active men in Australia.