Understanding expert views on defining & reaching heterosexually-identified MSM for health promotion & care

UNSW, July 2016

BRISE StraightMSM Study
Almost no published research exists specifically on heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men in Australia, and the international literature is also scant. Very little is known about the sexual practices, risk perceptions, or information and service needs of these men more broadly.
The proportion of heterosexually-identified men who have acquired HIV through
sex with men (and report this either as sex with a man, or ‘risk not further specified’) is unknown. This means that any specific needs or opportunities to tailor health
promotion and care to this sub-group are currently overlooked.
Funded by BRISE, the Centre for Social Research in Health, in collaboration with Pozhet and representatives of NSW Health sexual health services, conducted exploratory research to investigate the sexual practices, sexual spaces, sexual health knowledge and sexual health needs of these men, and to consider opportunities to better engage them with health promotion and care.
This report summarises the key outcomes of this pilot research, which comprised reviewing the literature, analysing existing survey data, appraising the terminology and activities evident in online personal ads posted by straight men who have sex with men, and conducting qualitative interviews with 30 professionals employed in health services, health promotion and other relevant roles in New South Wales.
Download report (PDF, 12 pages) here

 

 

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