Background

Improving sexual health and well-being of the gay male community in the UK needs direct community participation.

Your opinions and experiences are key to informing the NHS, scientists and researchers, government and non-government organisations and other partners on how best we can work together to improve sexual health and reduce HIV transmission.

Public Health England recently reported that men who have sex with men (MSM) are the group most affected by HIV in the UK and that there has been a steady increase in new HIV diagnoses in recent years. Although this increase can partly be explained by increased testing, it is also due to ongoing transmission of HIV (1).  

The report also recognises that MSM are a key risk group for sexually transmitted infections and that there are reports of increasing levels of drug use and unsafe sexual behaviour (1).

The AURAH2 study has been designed to use direct experiences and opinions from the community to promote health interventions and HIV prevention strategies that are relevant to the community.

Participating in the study involves answering three questionnaires per year about sexual behaviour and lifestyle (each short questionnaire takes around 5 minutes to complete). The answers will be kept secure and confidential by the UCL department of Infection and Population Health, and only used for research purposes.

If, during the course of the study, a participant receives a positive HIV test they are still able, and encouraged to continue in the study.

  1. Public Health England. HIV and STIs in men who have sex with men in London, 2014.