A couple of Asian men, gay men. Credit: Unsplash

Asia-Pacific Men who have sex with men Internet Survey (APMIS)

The challenge

There is limited research on the sexual behaviours of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Asia-Pacific region, including changes to behaviour in response to COVID-19.

The project

APMIS is a behavioural survey for MSM and transgender people in six Asian countries, focusing on HIV prevention and risk. The study is a pilot with the aim to eventually extending it to all Asia-Pacific countries. The study was due to be launched in April/May 2020. Since the emergence of COVID-19 and the associated country responses, sexual behaviour is likely to have rapidly changed. To address this, we have added a module of questions on COVID-19 into the survey.

APMIS is being led by Associate Professor Adam Bourne at the Australian Centre for Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, in collaboration with researchers at the Kirby Institute and the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney, Mahidol University in Thailand, and the Centre for Excellence in AIDS Research at the University of Malaya in Malaysia.

The method

APMIS is an online survey.

The results

No results yet - recruitment started in April/May 2020.

The impact

The study will provide data on HIV prevention and risk, sexual behaviour, substance use, and mental health in six Asian countries. It will also provide information about COVID-19 and its impact on sexual practice.

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