The University of New South Wales in Sydney is currently conducting the Gay Asian Men’s Survey (GAMS) for 2021. GAMS aims to survey Asian men who are members of the LGBTQ+ community in Australia, gathering information on their sexual health and well-being.

In recent years, there have been improvements in HIV transmission rates and other sexual health issues among men in Australia. However, this improvement is less visible among overseas-born gay men, and in particular, those from Asian backgrounds. Researchers hope that information collected through the survey can be used to improve and guide programmes that better cater to the needs of Asian men in the LGBTQ+ community.

Why is there a higher rate of HIV transmission and sexual health issues among Asian men in the LGBTQ+ community?

NSW Health data suggests that LGBTQ+ Asian men face obstacles to suitable HIV prevention messaging and treatment. Factors such as fear of disclosure, racism and stigma are barriers to sexual health services. In addition, visa precariousness, language barriers and fears of Medicare ineligibility further present as obstacles to HIV and STI testing and treatment.

Who can participate in the GAMS survey?

To participate in the survey, you must be:

  • A man (or transgender person) 18 years old or over
  • AND identify as Asian or of Asian background
  • AND have had sex with men in the past five years
  • AND be currently living in New South Wales, Australia.

Information about participation in the GAMS survey

Participation in the Gay Asian Men’s Survey is voluntary and totally anonymous. The survey is offered in English, Thai, Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Completing the survey takes roughly 20 minutes with questions covering topics such as HIV-related behaviours, community engagement, health services, and attitudes towards treatment and prevention. Participation gives you the chance to win one of ten $100 vouchers. The survey closes on 30th June 2021.

If you meet all of the criteria above and would like to participate, click here. You can also visit the GAMS website for more information on the survey and research team.

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Sources

[1] GAYAMS.ORG.AU: Gay Asian Men’s Survey 2021

[2] OUTINPERTH.COM: Asian gay men encouraged to participate in a major sexual health survey




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