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European MSM Internet survey on knowledge, attitudes and behaviour as to HIV and STI [EMIS] [20081214] - Project
General objectives

The project aims at piloting an innovative web-based EU-wide monitoring system to collect self-reported data from men who have sex with men (MSM) on sexual risk related behaviours and sexual health and information needs.

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

To improve comparability of behavioural and epidemiological data between MSM communities in the EU Member states. Survey results will help to identify prevention and health care needs in different MSM communities and countries.

Methods and means

Scientists who already have experience with internet surveys in MSM and scientists who so far only have experience with print questionnaires and venue-based sampling will collaborate in this project to develop a common set of core questions, conduct a simultaneous multilingual internet survey promoted on popular MSM websites all over Europe, and will jointly analyse and interpret the survey results.

Expected outcomes period

The project will provide the EU MS and institutions with an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviours and resulting prevention challenges in a population group highly affected by HIV and STI.

Start date: 14/03/2009
End date: 14/09/2011
Duration: 30 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 718 515,37