Since its establishment GHN has led on the need for research that contributes to the health and wellbeing of MSM. One of the first all-Ireland surveys was the Vital Statistic 2000 carried out in partnership with Sigma Research (http://sigmaresearch.org.uk) (Sigma is a research group specialising in social and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health. It is now part of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).
This partnership with Sigma led to further MSM Internet surveys between 2003 to 2008 and the results are published under ‘Real Lives’ one and two (2003 to 2006) as well as the data-sets for 2007 and 2008.
In 2010 GHN joined with Sigma and other other European partners to produce the European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS 2010). In 2014, GHN helped establish the MSM Internet Survey Ireland (MISI). Currently GHN along with MISI are involved in the promotion of EMIS 2017.
European MSM Internet Survey 2017 (EMIS), ‘the largest international and multi-language study on gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men’, took place between October 2017 and the end of January 2018. This Community Report 1 is the first of many providing feedback to you.
Further details and updates on EMIS 2017 available here:
Sigma Research along with a range of partners has been funded as part of the European Commission Health Programme 2014-2020 to deliver evidence about the sexual health of gay men, bisexual men and other MSM across Europe. Called ESTICOM (European Surveys and Trainings to Improve MSM Community Health) the partnership will deliver on three inter-linked projects over the next three years: One of these is the pan-European Internet survey among MSM and it is intended to launch EMIS 2017 in September. As well as actively promoting EMIS 2017 the MISI team will also publish the Ireland ‘country report’ based on the findings of the survey.
GHN and others were involved in the MSM Internet Survey Ireland (MISI) 2015 (www.misi.ie). This was a Republic of Ireland survey among MSM and a record number of men responded. As well as the comprehensive Report published in 2016, GHN produced three community infographic reports, two of which were advertised in Gay Community News. The MISI partnership consists of Gay Health Network(GHN), Health Protection Surveillance Centre(HPSC), Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme(SCHPP), Gay Men’s Health Service(GMHS), also the international advisory group Axel J Schmidt, Ford Hickson, Peter Keogh and Daniel McCartney continues to liaise in relation to further research among MSM in Ireland.
In 2010, GHN joined with the European MSM Sex Survey (EMIS 2010) (http://www.emis-project.eu/) one of the largest surveys in the world. The survey in 25 languages across 38 countries saw more than 180,000 respondents. GHN contributed to and produced one of the EMIS Community reports. In 2012 GHN published the EMIS Ireland results under the Man2Man Reports. Also, the ECDC published the final EMIS 2010 report in 2013.
Since its establishment GHN has led on the need for research that contributes to the health and wellbeing of MSM. One of the rst all-Ireland surveys was the Vital Statistic 2000 carried out in partnership with Sigma Research (http://sigmaresearch.org.uk) (Sigma is a research group specialising in social and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health. It is now part of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine). This continues with the EMIS 2010 and MISI 2015 and the forthcoming EMIS 2017.
GHN, member groups and partners at times are also involved in key research in relation to HIV and Sexual Health. Syphilis Awareness Action and Knowledge (SAKA 2009), the Hate Crime Report 2006 and others are placed below.