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The aim of this project was to explore the experiences of diagnosis, disclosure and discrimination among people living with hepatitis C.
The aims of this study were to assess whether or not Aboriginal people are diagnosed with cancer at later stages than non-Aboriginal people and, if so, to describe both the barriers to early diagnosis and access to cancer care experienced.
This research project was undertaken to better understand the enablers to accessing Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services in NSW.
People living with long-term infections such as viral hepatitis or HIV face unique challenges as they age. Treatment side effects may hasten the ageing process, and/or predispose people to other medical issues.
The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour (ARTB) presents data from a selection of our behavioural and social research, focusing in particular on studies assessing trends over time or addressing emerging issues.
The research study is aiming to conduct a comprehensive assessment of HIV prevention needs among men who have sex with men of Asian background who are currently living in Sydney.
The project aimed to examine barriers and incentives to HIV testing and treatment among gay and bisexual men in Tasmania, including the role of stigma and discrimination towards sexual minorities and HIV in discouraging engagement with services.
This project investigated the reasons for delayed HIV testing, particularly among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The aim of this study was to investigate knowledge and perceptions of HIV and the use of health services among the general populations of four ethnic communities in Sydney that have a high prevalence of HIV infection: Thai, Cambodian, Sudanese and Ethiopian.
The COUNT study is designed to provide robust estimates of the prevalence of HIV and undiagnosed infection among gay and bisexual men and identify factors associated with undiagnosed infection. An earlier version of the study was conducted in 2013-14.
This project compared the NSW and Vic policy environments concerning 'takeaway' methadone by interviewing methadone clients, dosing nurses, dispensing pharmacists, prescribing doctors and drug policymakers.
In this study, we took a social practice approach to examining gay men’s crystal use.
The Deadly Liver Mob (DLM) is a health promotion program that aims to promote a holistic approach to healthy living, by providing Aboriginal people with bloodborne virus (particularly hepatitis C) and sexually transmissible infection (STI) education, as well as screening, testing and referrals into treatment.
This study investigated whether the internet increases social capital among men who have sex with men (MSM) by building social connections and a sense of belonging, and whether such ‘virtual’ communities facilitate the uptake of internet-based HIV prevention and other health promotion messages and their translation into safe sex practice.
This evaluation will examine the impact of the ACON service on clients’ substance use and psychosocial wellbeing, and whether clients of the service report different treatment outcomes to clients attending mainstream services that are not specifically tailored to LGBTI people.
This study will describe the costs of NSP service provision and patterns of client access to services in one area of NSW with a view to developing a model of service mix based on cost, client access and preference.
The evaluation assessed the following:
Street University is a unique and innovative youth development program for marginalised young people aged 12-25 years, established and administered by the Ted Noffs Foundation.
This project will collect and analyse the personal accounts of people who describe themselves as having a drug habit, dependence or addiction, and present these accounts on a publicly accessible website: www.livesofsubstance.org
The Gay Community Periodic Surveys (GCPS) are repeated, cross-sectional surveys of gay men, conducted in the metropolitan areas of seven Australian states and territories.
While young people are at high risk of contracting sexually transmissible infections (STIs), rates of STI testing remain low in this population.
An open cohort enrolling approximately 500 HIV-negative gay men per annum was established in Sydney in July 2001 to monitor risk practice and HIV incidence in the context of vaccine initiatives.
More than a decade after ART became widely available in Australia, people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are diagnosed and have initiated treatment are surviving longer and staying healthier than in the past.
HIV has become a chronic, manageable condition in the developed world, and early and lifelong treatment has the potential to significantly reduce transmission rates.
'It's Your Love Life' (IYLL) is a periodic survey initiated in 2015 with a focus on sexual health, condom use and testing for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among young people.
Documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C: A three-year qualitative Discovery Project to document – for the first time – firsthand accounts of what serodiscordance means in the context of everyday family life.
In 2018 the inaugural National Competition for Excellence in Hepatitis C Health Promotion was run by the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University (Curtin).
This project was conducted through a partnership between CSRH and the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL).
This study is a partnership between CSRH and the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL).
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was subsidised by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in April 2018. GPs and HIV/sexual health specialists are key actors to prescribing PrEP to get maximal coverage of populations at risk of acquiring HIV, particularly gay and bisexual men.
The aims of this project were to conduct a pilot study of an online survey of (1) young people exposed to injecting, to examine their knowledge regarding hepatitis C prevention and transmission, and to examine the factors associated with high/low levels of knowledge, and (2) of young people
The project will incorporate policy analysis, historical, archival, textual and online research together with individual interviews and focus groups with two different generations of gender and sexual minority youth: those of the 1970s generation, who were between 16-25 years old in 1995, and their counterparts twenty years later aged 16-25 years growing up today.
This research provides evidence to support community-controlled and other organisations in their responses to COVID-19.
The aim of this study is to develop an indicator of stigma among priority groups identified by the five national strategies addressing blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.
This ASHM-led project aims to address systemic barriers, stigma and discrimination to increase access to the health system by people at risk of or living with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
This project is an evaluation of an online intervention for two groups: (1) men living with HIV; (2) married men who have sex with men. The interventions aimed to address mental health symptoms (anxiety and depression) and social isolation.
The primary focus of this exploratory, qualitative project, funded by BRISE, was to interview a range of professionals employed in health services, health promotion and other relevant roles to document their expert views on the experiences and needs of straight-identified MSM in New South Wales.
This project builds on a past study conducted among young indigenous people in NSW by the National Centre in HIV Social Research and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW.
The PrEPARE Project is investigating the attitudes of gay and bisexual men to new HIV prevention technologies, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention.
This qualitative longitudinal study was conducted between 2004 and 2010 in collaboration with the Heterosexual HIV/AIDS Service NSW (Pozhet).
This study aimed to understand how people from a range of different communities are choosing to store and share their personal health information in a variety of digital health systems and technologies.
This pilot study is investigating expert perspectives on the social factors that influence the adoption and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and its uptake in locations with disparities of access, awareness and infrastructure.
Associate Professor Christy Newman has led a series of pilot activities on the role of digital stories in health and social policymaking practice, in collaboration with researchers in the School of Social Sciences (Caroline Lenette, Anthony Zwi, Jessica Botfield), the School of Arts and Media
This project focuses on the positive actions Aboriginal young people take to reduce their sexual risk and build sexual well-being, and describes the social, cultural and personal strengths and resources that they draw on to do so.
In view of the HIV “treatment revolution” and bold targets to "virtually eliminate" HIV transmissions in NSW, Australia by 2020, a study led by the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia addressed a major research gap by exploring the prevention needs and experiences among gay and heterosexual serodiscordant couples in a changing epidemic.
This project draws on qualitative data from a range of current research projects to describe COVID-19 vaccine opinions among priority populations: people who inject drugs, people living with HIV, gay and bisexual men, and Aboriginal people.