The Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey and Gay Online Sex Survey have been running since 2002 and 2006 respectively. The surveys are modelled on the World Health Organisation’s Behavioural Surveillance Surveys in populations at risk of HIV. Over 14,000 men have provided answers to some very private questions so that policymakers andhealthcare workers can plan funding, healthcare services and most importantly, health promotion campaigns that get prevention messages to those most at risk.
The surveys are led by Dr Peter Saxton, a senior research fellow in the School of Population Health. Peter’s position is generously supported by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.