Centre for Social Research in Health
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. They are a key part of Australia’s behavioural surveillance system for HIV, monitoring sexual practices, drug use and patterns of testing for HIV and other STIs.
Initiated in 1996, the GCPS are conducted in capital cities and other densely populated areas of Australia where gay men congregate: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Queensland (Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast) and Sydney. In 2014, Tasmania was added to the network of GCPS locations. The GCPS deliberately target men who are socially and sexually involved with gay men, and recruit participants at gay community venues and events, sexual health clinics and online.
The surveillance system relies on a longstanding collaboration between CSRH, The Kirby Institute, state health departments, and national and state community organisations. Recruitment is typically coordinated in each state/territory by a local community organisation. The results of each survey are published in an individual state or territory report, while national trends are presented in our Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour.
The GCPS team have been awarded NHMRC Partnership Project funding during 2021-26. This additional funding will allow the team to test and evaluate changes to the system, increasing recruitment and data collection from overseas-born, bisexual and heterosexual men who have sex with men (MSM). The project will use technological advancements in recruitment, survey research and interviews.
If you are searching for a report published before 2010, please visit UNSWorks, the UNSW Open Access institutional repository.
Centre for Social Research in Health
HIV and Sexual Health
National surveillance of home-based HIV testing among Australian gay and bisexual men, 2018-2020: uptake after commercial availability of HIV self-tests. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-023-04124-x
Changing characteristics of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men’s relationships in the era of biomedical prevention. (Published in JAIDS, 2023). https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000003224
Structural stigma and sexual health disparities among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Australia. (Published in JAIDS, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000002851
Changing levels of social engagement with gay men is associated with HIV related outcomes and behaviors: trends in Australian behavioral surveillance 1998–2020. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-022-02310-x (open access)
Adjusting behavioural surveillance and assessing disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on gay and bisexual men’s HIV-related behaviour in Australia. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-022-03788-1 (open access)
Increasing pre-exposure prophylaxis use and ‘net prevention coverage’ in behavioural surveillance of Australian gay and bisexual men, 2014-19. (Published in AIDS, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000002797
Australian gay and bisexual men who use condoms, PrEP or rarely practise HIV risk reduction with casual sex partners: an analysis of national, behavioural surveillance data, 2017–2018. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2020).https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-02928-9
Increases in HIV testing frequency in Australian gay and bisexual men are concentrated among PrEP users: an analysis of Australian behavioural surveillance data, 2013–2018. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-02826-0
Assessing the HIV prevention needs of young gay and bisexual men in the PrEP era: an analysis of trends in Australian behavioural surveillance, 2014-18. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-02797-2
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis cascades to assess implementation in Australia: results from repeated, national behavioural surveillance of gay and bisexual men, 2014-2018. (Published in JAIDS, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000002243
Gay men’s relationship agreements in the era of pre-exposure prophylaxis: an analysis of Australian behavioural surveillance data. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-019-02737-9
Which gay and bisexual men attend community-based HIV testing services in Australia? An analysis of behavioural surveillance data. (Published in AIDS & Behavior, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-019-02435-6
Community-level changes in condom use and uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis by gay and bisexual men in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia: results of repeated, behavioural surveillance in 2013-17. (Published in Lancet HIV, 2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30072-9
Adapting behavioural surveillance to antiretroviral-based HIV prevention: reviewing and anticipating trends in the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys. (Published in Sexual Health, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1071/SH16072
The use of mobile phone apps to meet sex partners by Australian gay and bisexual men: an analysis of sex-seeking repertoires and risks for HIV and STIs using behavioural surveillance data. (Published in Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2016). https://sti.bmj.com/content/92/7/502
Methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in Australia: trends in recent and regular use from the Gay Community Periodic Surveys.(Published in International Journal of Drug Policy, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.01.003
Social and behavioural correlates of HIV testing among Australian gay and bisexual men in regular relationships. (Published in AIDS and Behavior, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-015-1167-y
HIV prevention by Australian gay and bisexual men with casual partners: the emergence of undetectable viral load as one of a range of risk reduction strategies. (Published in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 2015). https://journals.lww.com/jaids/Fulltext/2015/12150/Brief_Report__HIV_Prevention_by_Australian_Gay_and.13.aspx
Estimating antiretroviral treatment coverage rates and viral suppression rates for homosexual men in Australia. (Published in Sexual Health, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1071/SH15037
Alcohol use among a community-based sample of gay and bisexual men: correlates of high-risk use and implications for service provision. (Published in Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.12234
Younger age, recent HIV diagnosis, no welfare support, and no annual sexually transmissible infection screening are associated with non-use of antiretroviral treatment among HIV-positive gay men in Australia. (Published in HIV Medicine, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.12169
ACT Health, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Queensland Health, National Health and Medical Research Council, NSW Ministry of Health, SA Health, WA Health, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
ACON, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, Kirby Institute, Living Positive Victoria, Meridian, National Association of People With HIV Australia, Queensland Council for LGBTI Health, Queensland Positive People, Positive Life NSW, South Australian Mobilisation & Empowerment for Sexual Health, Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases, Thorne Harbour Health, Western Australian AIDS Council