Dr Horas Wong
Research Assistant

Dr Horas Wong

  • PhD in Social Sciences in Health, UNSW Sydney
  • MA in Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Public Health,  University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), Chinese University of Hong Kong
Arts,Design & Architecture
Centre for Social Research in Health

Horas (he/him) is a Lecturer in Nursing (Social Sciences) at the University of Sydney, and an affiliate researcher at the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. 

Horas has a transdisciplinary background in nursing, public health, anthropology and health social sciences. His main areas of expertise are gender and sexuality, migration and qualitative research, with a strong focus on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmissible infections, and migrant health. He is a contributor of the book "Sexualities, Transnationalism, and Globalisation" published by Routledge, and a Guest Editor of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Before moving to Australia, Horas had conducted community-based and epidemiological research on blood-borne viruses among socially marginalised groups in Hong Kong. He obtained a Master in Public Health and a Master of Arts in Anthropology in Hong Kong. He completed his PhD in 2019 at UNSW Sydney, in which he examined the transnational and intersectional experiences of Chinese sexual minority migrants in Australia. His PhD thesis was nominated for the Best Doctoral Thesis at the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Horas is an Authorised Nurse Immuniser in NSW, and has been clinically accredited to be a Reproductive and Sexual Health Nurse by Family Planning NSW. He has been working on a number of sexual health research projects with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia, as well as providing patient care at the Albion Centre’s HIV/sexual health and transgender healthcare service. He is currently expanding his research into the field of disability and immunisation.

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Wong H; Mao L; Aggleton P, 2021, ''You can reject me; I can also reject you’: Intersections of migration, race/ethnicity, and sexuality among Chinese diasporic gay men in Australia', in Zhou YR; Sinding C; Goellnicht D (ed.), Sexualities, Transnationalism, and Globalisation New Perspectives, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429352102
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Wong H; Mao L; Aggleton P, 2021, '‘You can reject me; I can also reject you’ Intersections of migration, race/ethnicity, and sexuality among Chinese diasporic gay men in Australia', in Zhou YR; Sinding C; Goellnicht D (ed.), Sexualities, Transnationalism, and Globalisation New Perspectives, Routledge, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429352102-4/reject-also-reject-horas-th-wong-limin-mao-peter-aggleton?context=ubx&refId=e876817d-6f01-4589-bc3d-5514b3af5bb9
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Vujcich D; Roberts M; Gu Z; Kao SC; Lobo R; Mao L; Oudih E; Phoo NNN; Wong H; Reid A, 2021, 'Translating best practice into real practice: Methods, results and lessons from a project to translate an English sexual health survey into four Asian languages', PLoS ONE, vol. 16, pp. e0261074, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261074
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wong HTH; Jin D; Wang P; Sun Y; Mao L; Zhang Y; Ogilvie E; Vujcich D; Newman C; O’Connor CC; Vaughan C; Carter A, 2021, 'Using Videoconferencing Focus Groups in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research With Chinese Im/Migrants in Australia', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 31, pp. 2757 - 2769, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10497323211043823
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wong HTH; Wang P; Sun Y; Newman CE; Vujcich D; Vaughan C; O'Connor CC; Jin D; Ogilvie E; Zhang Y; Mao L; Carter A, 2021, 'Is sex lost in translation? Linguistic and conceptual issues in the translation of sexual and reproductive health surveys', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 28, pp. 950 - 968, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2021.2016975
    Journal articles | 2020
    Murray D; Mao L; Wong THH; Chen T; MacKie B; Kao SC; Mahee AH; Dabbhadatta J; Prihaswan P; Stackpool G; Brooks M; Brown G; Lewis D, 2020, 'High levels of engagement with testing for HIV and sexually transmissible infection among gay Asian men in Sydney and Melbourne: An observational study', Sexual Health, vol. 17, pp. 121 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH18216
    Journal articles | 2018
    Mao L; Buchanan A; Wong HTH; Persson A, 2018, 'Beyond mere pill taking: SMS reminders for HIV treatment adherence delivered to mobile phones of clients in a community support network in Australia', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 26, pp. 486 - 494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12544
    Journal articles | 2018
    Poon CM; Wong NS; Kwan TH; Wong HTH; Chan KCW; Lee SS, 2018, 'Changes of sexual risk behaviors and sexual connections among HIV-positive men who have sex with men along their HIV care continuum', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, pp. e0209008, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209008
    Journal articles | 2017
    Schippers M; Adam PCG; Smolenski DJ; Wong HTH; de Wit JBF, 2017, 'A meta-analysis of overall effects of weight loss interventions delivered via mobile phone and effect size differences according to delivery mode, personal contact, and intervention intensity and duration.', Obesity Reviews, vol. 18, pp. 450 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obr.12492
    Journal articles | 2016
    Chan DPC; Sun HY; Wong HTH; Lee SS; Hung CC, 2016, 'Sexually acquired hepatitis C virus infection: A review', International Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 49, pp. 47 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2016.05.030
    Journal articles | 2015
    Chan DPC; Wong NS; Wong HTH; Lee S; Lee SS, 2015, 'Impact of influenza A (H3N2) seasonal outbreak on the pattern of vaccination uptake in healthcare workers', The Journal of hospital infection, vol. 90, pp. 354 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.04.017
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wong HTH; Lee KCK; Chan DPC, 2015, 'Community-Based Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Increased Detection of Pharyngeal and Urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae Infections in Female Sex Workers in Hong Kong', SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES, vol. 42, pp. 185 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000257
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wong HTH; Lee SS; Lee CK; Chan DPC, 2015, 'Failure of self-disclosure of deferrable risk behaviors associated with transfusion-transmissible infections in blood donors', Transfusion, vol. 55, pp. 2175 - 2183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/trf.13106
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wong HTH; Tam HY; Chan DPC; Lee SS, 2015, 'Usage and Acceptability of HIV Self-testing in Men who have Sex with Men in Hong Kong', AIDS AND BEHAVIOR, vol. 19, pp. 505 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-014-0881-1
    Journal articles | 2014
    Leung K-K; Wong HTH; Naftalin CM; Lee SS, 2014, 'A new perspective on sexual mixing among men who have sex with men by body image.', PLoS One, vol. 9, pp. e113791, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0113791
    Journal articles | 2013
    Wong HTH; Wong KH; Lee SS; Leung RWM; Lee KCK, 2013, 'Community-Based Surveys for Determining the Prevalence of HIV, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhoea in Men Having Sex with Men in Hong Kong.', J Sex Transm Dis, vol. 2013, pp. 958967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/958967
  • Conference Presentations | 2018
    Lee E; Holt M; Wong H; Lewis D; Broady T; Bavinton B; Mackie B; Duck T; Mao L, 2018, 'Asian gay and bisexual men in Sydney, Australia who may benefit from HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis', presented at Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, Sydney, 24 September 2018 - 26 September 2018
    Conference Posters | 2017
    Wong HH; Mao LM; Aggleton P, 2017, 'Calling for a transnational approach to promote the sexual health of gay migrant men living in Australia: Chinese migrants’ narratives', Ha Long, Vietnam., presented at the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR), Ha Long, Vietnam., 27 November 2017 - 30 November 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Wong HH; Chen T; Lewis D; Mao L, 2016, 'A changing sexual landscape of gay Asian men in Sydney: implications for HIV/STI prevention.', presented at 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 14 November 2016 - 16 November 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Wong HH; Chen T; Lewis D; Mao L, 2016, 'Access to HIV information and services: Are we doing enough for men-who-have-sex-with-men who recently immigrated', presented at : AFAO National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference, Sydney, Australia., 18 April 2016 - 21 April 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Wong HH; Mao L; Aggleton P, 2016, 'Growing up as a Chinese Gay Man alongside AIDS in Australia: Changing meanings of ethnicity, HIV and community in recent decades', presented at Conference: Youth, Health and Practical Justice, Sydney, Australia, 04 December 2016 - 05 December 2016
    Conference Posters | 2015
    Wong HH; Lee SS; Chan DCP, 2015, 'Willingness to receive PrEP among HIV-uninfected Chinese MSM who are users of a popular geosocial networking application', Vancouver, Canada, presented at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015);, Vancouver, Canada, 19 July 2015 - 22 July 2015
    Conference Posters | 2015
    Wong HH; Lee SS; Chan DCP; Poon SCM, 2015, 'Making it available is not enough: A qualitative study on MSM's views towards HIV self-testing', Vancouver, Canada., presented at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015), Vancouver, Canada., 19 July 2015 - 22 July 2015
    Conference Posters | 2014
    Wong HH; Lee SS, 2014, 'Patterns of in-home self-testing for HIV among an internet sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) in an Asian population', Melbourne, Australia, presented at AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia, 20 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
    Conference Posters | 2013
    Wong HH; Lee SS; Wong KH; Lee KCK, 2013, 'Trends and patterns of prevalence and risky behaviours among MSM captured in three consecutive community-based surveys in Hong Kong', Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, presented at IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30 June 2013 - 03 July 2013
    Conference Posters | 2013
    Wong HH; Yi H; Lee KCK, 2013, 'Sexual partnerships using location-based social networking among MSM: A challenge in HIV prevention', Bangkok, Thailand, presented at 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand, 18 November 2013 - 22 November 2013
    Conference Posters | 2012
    Wong HH; Chan DPC; Lam Y; Lee KCK; Lee SS, 2012, 'Feasibility of introducing pharyngeal and rectal STI screening to men who have sex with men on a community level in Hong Kong', Melbourne, Australia, presented at 13th IUSTI World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 15 October 2012 - 17 October 2012
    Conference Posters | 2012
    Wong HH; Lee KCK; Chan KSW; Cheng SL; Leung RWM; Wong KH; Lee SS, 2012, 'Prevalence of HIV and selected sexual transmitted infections (STIs) in men who have sex with men (MSM)', Melbourne, Australia, presented at 13th IUSTI World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 15 October 2012 - 17 October 2012

University International Postgraduate Award, UNSW Sydney (2015)

University Postgraduate Award, UNSW Sydney (2017)

Nominee for UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Science's best doctoral thesis (2019)

Co-investigator: A scoping review on digital healthcare delivery for transgender people

Co-investigator: Organising and Co-designing Holistic Immunisation services with students with Disability: The ORCHID project (led by the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney)

Co-investigator: Asian gay and bisexual men survey 2021 (led by Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney)