School of Population Health


Gay Men’s Sexual Health (GMSH) Research Group - projects seeking funding

We have a number of projects that we are passionate about and for which we are seeking funding:

Anal health study


Evidence is mounting that HIV, HPV and other STIs are more efficiently transmitted through anal intercourse, are more often asymptomatic, and that a number of biological factors underlie this. At the same time, anal intercourse is a stigmatised practice, with silences surrounding health seeking and screening. Addressing undiagnosed anally-acquired infections and normalising discussions about anal health would have substantial impact on wellbeing.

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GAPSS and GOSS extra analyses


The Ministry of Health has commissioned several analyses but there are many remaining topics left. Possibilities include intensive online daters, sexual mixing, people who have injected drugs, bisexual respondents, and regional analyses.

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Heterosexual internet daters study


Few systems reliably monitor sexual health behaviours among adult heterosexuals in New Zealand. Our GOSS study can be adapted for heterosexual internet daters to provide a rich ongoing source of behavioural data to inform STI prevention and explain STI trends.

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Sexual orientation counts study


Health disparities cannot be identified nor progress measured if sexual orientation data is not collected. A four-part project would explore disclosure of sexual orientation, health service provider attitudes, strengths and limitations of existing New Zealand data, and the human rights, legal and IT context.

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Pleasure, paternalism and public health project


Nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, sanitation, sun and road safety are well known communicable and non-communicable public health challenges. Less understood is whether sexual health promotion can adopt similar strategies or needs unique approaches. This project would examine how public health responses to sexual health problems might balance the supposedly competing interests of individual pleasure, freedom and wellbeing on the one hand, and infection control, collective action and intervention on the other.

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