Men in Ireland, who have sex with other men, are being invited to take part in a major European survey.
EMIS 2017 will aim to identify the HIV and STI prevention needs of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, including trans and those with HIV.
The survey will generate data that will be used to help direct prevention programmes, like the men's health clinics across Dublin.
Mick Quinlan, from the Gay Health Network, is encouraging "as many men as possible to be a part of this survey. If you are over 17, living in Ireland and are a man who has sex with other men, then this survey is for you”.
In 2016, half of new HIV diagnoses in Ireland were made in men who have sex with other men, while there has also been a rise in gonorrhea and syphilis.
Dr Derval Igoe of the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, believes a multi-sectoral response is needed to reverse the increasing trends.
She said the survey will "provide us with up to date information on sexual behaviours, and any gaps in knowledge, availability or use of these prevention interventions and programmes, and will be extremely helpful to us in this work”.
EMIS 2017 is now open for participation at this link.