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Professor Gary Dowsett

Adjunct Professor


Centre for Social Research in Health


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Gary Dowsett is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Social Research in Health and Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.



    • Ross DA;Wight D;Dowsett G;Buvé A;Obasi AI N, 2006, The weight of evidence: A method for assessing the strength of evidence on the effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions among young people, 938

    Book Chapters

    • Dowsett GW, 2017, 'The sociology of sexuality', in The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, pp. 274 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781316418376.027
    • Wainberg ML;Bux D;Carballo-Dieguez A;Dowsett GW;Dugan T;Forstein M;Goodkin K;Hunter J;Irwin T;Mattos P;McKinnon K;O’Leary A;Parsons J;Stein E, 2013, 'Science and the nuremberg code: A question of ethics and harm', in Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and its Relation to Science, Religion, Politics, and Culture, pp. 193 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/5503_27
    • Dowsett GW, 2009, 'The "gay plague" revisited: AIDS and its enduring moral panic', in Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight over Sexual Rights, pp. 130 - 156
    • Yeatman A; Dowsett GW, 2008, 'Service delivery and hiv-positive gay men: Pre- and post-advent of highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART)', in Individualization and the Delivery of Welfare Services: Contestation and Complexity, pp. 187 - 209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230228351

    Journal articles

    • Hendry NA;Brown G;Dowsett GW;Carman M, 2019, 'Association between sexually transmissible infection testing, numbers of partners and talking to partners and friends about sexual health: Survey of young adults', Sexual Health, vol. 14, pp. 378 - 382, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH16076
    • Power J;Westle A;Dowsett GW;Lucke J;Tucker JD;Sugarman J;Lewin SR;Hill S;Brown G;Wallace J;Richmond J, 2018, 'Perceptions of HIV cure research among people living with HIV in Australia', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202647
    • Waling A;Duncan D;Angelides S;Dowsett GW, 2018, 'Men and masculinity in men's magazines: A review', Sociology Compass, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12593
    • Ussher JM;Perz J;Rose D;Kellett A;Dowsett G, 2018, 'Sexual Rehabilitation After Prostate Cancer Through Assistive Aids: A Comparison of Gay/Bisexual and Heterosexual Men', Journal of Sex Research, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2018.1476444
    • Dowsett GW, 2018, 'Reconsidering the ‘sexual century’', Sexualities, vol. 21, pp. 1224 - 1228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460718772416
    • Power J;Mikołajczak G;Bourne A;Brown G;Leonard W;Lyons A;Dowsett GW;Lucke J, 2018, 'Sex, drugs and social connectedness: Wellbeing among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men who use party-and-play drugs', Sexual Health, vol. 15, pp. 135 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH17151
    • Hendry NA;Brown G;Carman M;Ellard J;Wallace J;Dowsett GW, 2018, 'Untangling the conflation of ‘young adults’ and ‘young people’ in STI and sexual health policy and sex education', Sex Education, vol. 18, pp. 527 - 540, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2018.1434069
    • Bryant J;Hopwood M;Dowsett GW;Aggleton P;Holt M;Lea T;Drysdale K;Treloar C, 2018, 'The rush to risk when interrogating the relationship between methamphetamine use and sexual practice among gay and bisexual men', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 55, pp. 242 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.12.010
    • Ussher JM;Perz J;Rose D;Dowsett GW;Chambers S;Williams S;Davis I;Latini D, 2017, 'Threat of Sexual Disqualification: The Consequences of Erectile Dysfunction and Other Sexual Changes for Gay and Bisexual Men With Prostate Cancer', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 46, pp. 2043 - 2057, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-016-0728-0
    • Power J;Lyons A;Brown G;Dowsett GW;Lucke J, 2017, 'Use of antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV in Australia between 1997 and 2012', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 29, pp. 61 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2016.1198751
    • Wassersug RJ;Westle A;Dowsett GW, 2017, 'Men’s Sexual and Relational Adaptations to Erectile Dysfunction After Prostate Cancer Treatment', International Journal of Sexual Health, vol. 29, pp. 69 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19317611.2016.1204403
    • Dowsett GW, 2017, 'Abjection. Objection. Subjection: rethinking the history of AIDS in Australian gay men’s futures', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 19, pp. 935 - 947, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2016.1273392
    • Power J;Brown G;Lyons A;Thorpe R;Dowsett GW;Lucke J, 2017, 'HIV futures 8: Protocol for a repeated cross-sectional and longitudinal survey of people living with HIV in Australia', Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/FPUBH.2017.00050
    • Power J;Fileborn BK;Dowsett GW;Lucke J;Brown G;Ellard J;Lewin SR;Tucker JD;Slavin S;Sugarman J;Hill S, 2017, 'HIV cure research: print and online media reporting in Australia', Journal of virus eradication, vol. 3, pp. 229 - 235, http://viruseradication.com/journal-details/HIV_cure_research:_print_and_online_media_reporting_in_Australia/
    • Ussher JM;Perz J;Kellett A;Chambers S;Latini D;Davis ID;Rose D;Dowsett GW;Williams S, 2016, 'Health-Related Quality of Life, Psychological Distress, and Sexual Changes Following Prostate Cancer: A Comparison of Gay and Bisexual Men With Heterosexual Men', Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 13, pp. 425 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.026
    • Philpot SP;Ellard J;Duncan D;Dowsett GW;Bavinton BR;Down I;Keen P;Hammoud MA;Prestage G, 2016, 'Gay and bisexual men’s interest in marriage: an Australian perspective', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 18, pp. 1347 - 1362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2016.1184314
    • Dowsett GW, 2015, '‘And next, just for your enjoyment!’: sex, technology and the constitution of desire', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 17, pp. 527 - 539, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2014.961170
    • Dowsett GW, 2015, 'The price of pulchritude, the cost of concupiscence: how to have sex in late modernity', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 17, pp. 5 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2014.959563
    • Lee TK;Handy AB;Kwan W;Oliffe JL;Brotto LA;Wassersug RJ;Dowsett GW, 2015, 'Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatment on the Sexual Quality of Life for Men-Who-Have-Sex-with-Men', Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 12, pp. 2378 - 2386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jsm.13030
    • Brown G;Reeders D;Dowsett GW;Ellard J;Carman M;Hendry N;Wallace J, 2015, 'Investigating combination HIV prevention: Isolated interventions or complex system', Journal of the International AIDS Society, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.18.1.20499
    • Dowsett GW, 2014, '‘Dirty work’ down under: A comment on Janice Irvine’s ‘Is sexuality research “dirty work”?’', Sexualities, vol. 17, pp. 657 - 661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460714535800
    • Dowsett GW;Lyons A;Duncan D;Wassersug RJ, 2014, 'Flexibility in men's sexual practices in response to iatrogenic erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment', Sexual Medicine, vol. 2, pp. 115 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sm2.32
    • Fletcher G;Dowsett GW;Duncan D;Slavin S;Corboz J, 2013, 'Advancing Sexuality Studies: a short course on sexuality theory and research methodologies', Sex Education, vol. 13, pp. 319 - 335, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2012.742847
    • Wassersug RJ;Lyons A;Duncan D;Dowsett GW;Pitts M, 2013, 'Diagnostic and outcome differences between heterosexual and nonheterosexual men treated for prostate cancer', Urology, vol. 82, pp. 565 - 571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2013.04.022
    • Frasca T;Dowsett GW;Carballo-Diéguez A, 2013, 'The Ethics of Barebacking: Implications of gay Men's Concepts of Right and Wrong in the Context of HIV', International Journal of Sexual Health, vol. 25, pp. 198 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19317611.2013.764375
    • Minichiello V;Rahman S;Dune T;Scott J;Dowsett G, 2013, 'E-health: Potential benefits and challenges in providing and accessing sexual health services', BMC Public Health, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-790
    • Carman M;Corboz J;Dowsett GW, 2012, 'Falling through the cracks: The gap between evidence and policy in responding to depression in gay, lesbian and other homosexually active people in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 36, pp. 76 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00828.x
    • Carballo-Diéguez A;Ventuneac A;Dowsett GW;Balan I;Bauermeister J;Remien RH;Dolezal C;Giguere R;Mabragaña M, 2011, 'Sexual pleasure and intimacy among men who engage in "Bareback Sex"', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-011-9900-7
    • Scott J;Dowsett G;Minichiello V, 2010, 'Growing men's health: Broadening the conceptual and practical agenda', Health Sociology Review, vol. 19, pp. 403 - 408
    • Carballo-Diéguez A;Ventuneac A;Bauermeister J;Dowsett GW;Dolezal C;Remien RH;Balan I;Rowe M, 2009, 'Is 'bareback' a useful construct in primary HIV-prevention? Definitions, identity and research', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 11, pp. 51 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691050802419467
    • Dowsett GW, 2009, 'Dangerous desires and post-queer HIV prevention: Rethinking community, incitement and intervention', Social Theory and Health, vol. 7, pp. 218 - 240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sth.2009.1
    • Dowsett GW;Williams H;Ventuneac A;Carballo-Diéguez A, 2008, ''Taking it like a man': Masculinity and barebacking online', Sexualities, vol. 11, pp. 121 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460707085467
    • Rowe MS;Dowsett GW, 2008, 'Sex, love, friendship, belonging and place: Is there a role for 'Gay Community' in HIV prevention today?', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 10, pp. 329 - 344, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691050701843098
    • Dowsett GW, 2008, '"Losing my chestnut": One gay man's wrangle with prostate cancer', Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 16, pp. 145 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(08)32417-3
    • Dowsett GW;Couch M, 2007, 'Roundtable: Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention: Is There Really Enough of the Right Kind of Evidence?', Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 15, pp. 33 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(07)29302-4
    • Carballo-Diéguez A;Dowsett GW;Ventuneac A;Remien RH;Balan I;Dolezal C;Luciano O;Lin P, 2006, 'Cybercartography of popular internet sites used by New York City men who have sex with men interested in bareback sex', AIDS Education and Prevention, vol. 18, pp. 475 - 489, http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2006.18.6.475
    • Dowsett GW, 2003, 'HIV/AIDS and homophobia: Subtle hatreds, severe consequences and the question of origins', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 5, pp. 121 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136910501110.1080/1369105021000007311
    • Dowsett GW, 2003, 'Some Considerations on Sexuality and Gender in the Context of AIDS', Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 11, pp. 21 - 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(03)02290-0
    • Dowsett GW, 2003, ''Johnnie comes marching... where?' Australian gay men, masculinity, HIV/AIDS and sex', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 5, pp. 237 - 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136910501165622
    • Bancroft J;Beckstead AL;Byrd AD;Carlson HM;Cohen KM;Savin-Williams RC;Diamond LM;Drescher J;Friedman RC;Gagnon JH;Hartmann L;Herek GM;Hershberger SL;Hill CA;DiClementi JD;Klein DF;Krueger RB;McConaghy N;Nicolosi J;Rind B;Rodríguez Rust PC;Strassberg DS;Tye MC;Vasey PL;Rendall D;Wainberg ML;Bux D;Carballo-Dieguez A;Dowsett GW;Dugan T;Forstein M;Goodkin K;Hunter J;Irwin T;Mattos P;McKinnon K;O'Leary A;Parsons J;Stein E;Wakefield JC;Worthington RL;Yarhouse MA, 2003, 'Peer Commentaries on Spitzer (2003)', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 32, pp. 419 - 468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1025699511081
    • Dowsett GW;Bollen J;McInnes D;Couch M;Edwards B, 2001, 'Hiv/aids and constructs of gay community: Researching educational practice within community based health promotion for gay men', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 4, pp. 205 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645570121259
    • Rosenthal D;Dowsett G, 2000, 'The changing perceptions of sex and sexuality', Lancet, vol. 356, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(00)92044-0
    • Dowsett G, 1999, 'Commentary the indeterminate macro-social: New traps for old players in HIV/AIDS social research', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 1, pp. 95 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136910599301184
    • Kippax S;Rosenthal D;Dowsett G;Kaldor J;Crofts N;McCallum L;Brotherton A, 1998, 'AIDS impact.', AIDS care, vol. 10 Suppl 2
    • Giami A;Dowsett G, 1996, 'Social research on sexuality: contextual and interpersonal approaches.', AIDS (London, England), vol. 10 Suppl A, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00002030-199601001-00027
    • Dowsett GW, 1996, 'I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours', Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 4, pp. 19 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(96)90002-6
    • Dowsett GW, 1996, 'Destined to repeat history?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 20, pp. 345 - 347, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01043.x
    • Mane P;Aggleton P;Dowsett G;Parker R;Gupta GR;Anderson S;Bertozzi S;Chevallier E;Clark M;Kaleeba N;Kingma S;Manthey G;Smedberg M;Timberlake S, 1996, 'Summary of Track D: Social science: Research, policy and action', AIDS, Supplement, vol. 10
    • Dowsett G, 1995, 'Sexual contexts, HIV prevention and gay men', Venereology, vol. 8, pp. 243 - 250
    • Ariss R;Dowsett G;Carrigan T, 1995, 'Health strategies of hiv-infected, homosexually active men in Sydney, Australia', Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, vol. 3, pp. 49 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J041v03n03_04
    • Dowsett GW, 1993, 'I'll show you mine, if you'll show me yours: Gay men, masculinity research, men's studies, and sex', Theory and Society, vol. 22, pp. 697 - 709, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00993543
    • Dowsett GW, 1993, 'Sustaining safe sex: Sexual practices, HIV and social context', AIDS, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00002030-199301001-00036
    • Kippax S;Crawford J;Davis M;Rodden P;Dowsett G, 1993, 'Sustaining safe sex: A longitudinal study of a sample of homosexual men', AIDS, vol. 7, pp. 257 - 263
    • Dowsett GW;Davis MD;Connell RW, 1992, 'Working class homosexuality and hiv/aids prevention: Some recent research from sydney, australia', Psychology & Health, vol. 6, pp. 313 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870449208400439
    • Connell RW;Dowsett GW;Rodden P;Davis MD;Watson L;Baxter D, 1991, 'Social class, gay men and AIDS prevention', Australian Journal of Public Health, vol. 15, pp. 178 - 189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.1991.tb00332.x
    • Connell RW;Crawford J;Dowsett GW;Kippax S;Sinnott V;Rodden P;Berg R;Baxter D;Watson L, 1990, 'Danger and Context: Unsafe Anal Sexual Practice among Homosexual and Bisexual Men in the AIDS Crisis', Journal of Sociology, vol. 26, pp. 187 - 208, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/144078339002600203
    • Connell B;Ashenden D;Kessler S;Dowsett G, 1985, 'Reply to ‘The making of the organic school’', Curriculum Perspectives, vol. 5, pp. 27 - 31
    • Connell RW;Dowsett GW;Kessler S;Ashenden DJ, 1981, 'Class and gender dynamics in a ruling-class school', Interchange, vol. 12, pp. 102 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01192110
    • Ashenden DJ;Connell RW;Dowsett G;Kessler SK, 1980, 'Class and Secondary Schooling', Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0159630800010101

    Conference Papers

    • Kippax S;Rosenthal D;Dowsett G;Kaldor J;Crofts N;McCallum L;Brotherton A, 1998, '3rd international conference on biopsychosocial aspects of HIV and AIDS, Melbourne, Australia, June 1997: Foreword. AIDS impact', in AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV

    Conference Abstracts

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