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RECRUITING NOW: People living with HIV

Have your say on HIV stigma and discrimination!

We are seeking people living with HIV to take part in a 15 minute online survey about experiences of living with HIV, including HIV treatment, sources of social support, your use of substances like alcohol, mental health and wellbeing and your experiences of stigma and discrimination related to HIV.

This study is part of a broader project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to examine stigma and discrimination among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.

To complete the survey or find out more, visit bit.ly/hivstigmasurvey or contact Elena at e.cama@unsw.edu.au

RECRUITING NOW: People who have ever/currently have hepatitis AND/OR have ever injected drugs

Have your say on stigma and discrimination related to hepatitis C and injecting drug use!

We are seeking people who have had or are currently living with hepatitis C AND/OR people who have ever injected drugs to take part in a 15 minute online survey. You will be asked about your experiences of hepatitis C and/or injecting drug use, including treatment, sources of social support, your use of substances like alcohol and other drugs, mental health and wellbeing and your experiences of stigma and discrimination.

This study is part of a broader project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to examine stigma and discrimination among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.

To complete the survey or find out more, visit bit.ly/hepcstigmasurvey or contact Elena at e.cama@unsw.edu.au

RECRUITING NOW: Australian health professionals

We are seeking Australian health professionals to take part in a 15 minute online survey about experiences and attitudes towards working with people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections, specifically hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV.

This study is part of a broader project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to examine stigma and discrimination among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.

To complete the survey or find out more, visit bit.ly/healthstigmasurvey or contact Elena at e.cama@unsw.edu.au

RECRUITING NOW: Heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men

We are currently recruiting ‘key informants’ to take part in phone interviews who hold either professional experience in working with heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men, or have some community expertise or experience regarding this population.

This research is being conducted to establish a methodology for engaging with heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men in Greater Sydney and regional NSW; to identify ways to find them, how to recruit them for research, and how to reach them in the future. The project also seeks to build a preliminary understanding of the sexual practices, sexual spaces, sexual health knowledge and sexual health needs of these men, and how to best engage them with health promotion and care.

The study is being conducted by Dr Christy Newman and Dr Asha Persson, both Senior Research Fellows at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, with the input of their colleagues Professor John de Wit (Director), Associate Professor Martin Holt and Dr Denton Callander, Dr Heather-Marie Schmidt and Ms Tina Gordon of the NSW Ministry of Health, Ms Pene Manolas of PozHet (Heterosexual HIV Service of NSW), Dr Catriona Ooi of the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Dr Alison Rutherford of Western Sydney Sexual Health Services.

The study is sponsored by the NSW Ministry of Health as part of the BBV & STI Research, Intervention and Strategic Evaluation Program (BRISE) at UNSW: Find out more about BRISE here www.brise.com.au

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Contact

If you believe you hold appropriate expertise and would be willing to take part in a key informant phone interview, please contact Christy Newman on 9385 4717 or c.newman@unsw.edu.au.

This study has been approved by the Ethics Review Committee (RPAH Zone) of the Sydney Local Health District. Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should contact the Executive Officer on 02 9515 6766 and quote protocol number X15-0275.

RECRUITING NOW: Women who buy sex

When women buy sex, arguments regarding the sex industry based on notions of gendered power imbalances are disrupted. Newspapers and other media typically represent females consuming sexual services and commodities as evidence of women’s growing sexual confidence and of a new and progressive view of sexuality.

There is a lack of empirical evidence about women buying sex in Australia. This study will address the gap by exploring the phenomenon of women buying sex; how they do, why they do and what it means to them.

Who are we looking for?

The definition of paying for sex can be interpreted in several ways. This study is looking for the experiential experts - women who self-identify as having bought sexual services in Australia at least once. Some commercial sex might occur in situations where a different service became a sexual service, such as in striping, sexual education or companion escorting.

What’s involved?

A confidential telephone interview lasting about 60 minutes, exploring the following concepts:

  • Demographic details
  • Motivations to buy sex
  • Types of sex bought
  • Accessibility of sexual services
  • Outcomes of buying sex (including feelings)
  • Power relations in commercial sex

No reimbursement for expenses or remuneration is available for participation. Your participation will contribute to new and significant knowledge about female sexuality and the sex industry and give you a voice about your own unique experiences.

This study is led by the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW. It has received ethics approval from the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee (reference: HC14298).

To find out more or take part

Contact Ms Hilary Caldwell

Please feel free to ask questions about the study without obligation to participate.