James MacGibbon (he/him) is a social scientist and PhD candidate researching HIV prevention and sexual health with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. He works across three projects at the Centre for Social Research in Health:
- The Gay Community Periodic Surveys (GCPS), for which he is the project coordinator for the GCPS NHMRC Partnership Project, Enhancing behavioural surveillance to address gaps and disparities in Australia’s HIV response in a changing HIV epidemic. This project aims to test and expand behavioural HIV surveillance of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to respond to the changing HIV epidemic in Australia.
- As project coordinator for The PrEPARE Project, a cross-sectional study of gay and bisexual men’s attitudes to biomedical HIV prevention strategies, such as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV treatment as prevention, and attitudes to condoms.
- As an investigator on the Trust in Digital Health Study, a project conducted in collaboration with community organisations that examined attitudes to digital health platforms, and trust in and use of digital technologies to manage health. The study compared attitudes of the general population to attitudes of the priority populations in the current national BBV/STI strategies: people with HIV, trans and gender diverse people, sex workers, and gay and bisexual men.
James' mixed-methods PhD research examines social aspects of HIV prevention. His doctoral research revisits the concept of negotiated safety to explore how HIV-negative gay, bisexual and queer-identifying men practice and negotiate safer sex in the era of biomedical HIV prevention.