Surveys Ask Gay Men about Sex, HIV+ People about Police, and Drugs Users about Harm Reduction

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Three new surveys are seeking participation, one looking at sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men, the second evaluating gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) and HIV positive people's interactions with police, courts, and prisons, and the third assessing harm reduction practices among non-injecting drug users.

Several sessions at the recent XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, focused on the unrelenting epidemic of HIV among men who have sex with men worldwide.

A collaboration between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, the "Sex is the Question" survey will attempt to learn more about sexual practices that increase HIV risk. The study aims to include 25,000 gay and bisexual men in the U.S. -- the largest ever conducted by a federal agency.

For more information and to take the survey, visit

www.sexisthequestion.org.

Criminalization of people with HIV -- and the effect of homophobia and repressive laws against gay and transgender people, sex workers, and drug users on global HIV epidemics -- was another key theme of AIDS 2012.

The second survey, a collaboration between the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and Lambda Legal,aims to document LGBT and HIV positive people's experiences with the criminal justice system, including interactions with police, courts, prisons, and certain other government institutions. Topics include discrimination within the criminal justice system, harassment and profiling, assaults by law enforcement personnel, and misconduct in prisons.

For more information and to participate, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/protected-and-served-survey.

Finally, the anonymous "Word on the Streets" survey asks people who use specific drugs -- including poppers, benzodiazepines such as Klonopin and Ativan, GHB, ketamine, and PCP -- about their drug-related behavior and the kinds of harm reduction strategies they use.

To participate, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M79B26C.

8/21/12

Sources

CDC and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Sex is the Question web site.

C Turco. Protected and Served? Fill Out This Survey of LGBT/HIV Contact with Police, Courts, and Prison. HIV Prevention Justice Alliance web site.