A review of written evidence on the sexual health, HIV/AIDS, STI, viral hepatitis (B/C) epidemiological, and policy situation in the EU and neighbouring countries, among gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) will be conducted to inform the revision of the questionnaire.
The review will have three main components:
- An epidemiological review focussed on what is known about the prevalence and incidence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including viral hepatitis (B/C) and an assessment of any evidence for overlapping risk between MSM and other key populations (such as migrants, homeless, young people, prisoners, sex workers and injecting drug users).
- A socio-behavioural review to summarise what is known about the risk and precautionary behaviours of gay men, bisexual men and other MSM with regard to HIV and other STIs, paying particular attention to new or emerging risk behaviours (such as new psychoactive substances) and use of new technologies to facilitate sexual contact. This data will be described alongside an assessment of what is known about the needs of MSM with a specific focus on sub-groups of MSM (such as young MSM and migrant MSM, for example).
- A policy and practice mapping exercise to assess the likely barriers, challenges and gaps in prevention and diagnostic sexual health services, including counselling and testing for HIV/STI in EU Member States and neighbouring countries. The policy mapping will also consider the likely barriers (legal, structural, provider and individual) for the effective implementation of prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions targeting MSM.
The review has been finalized and submitted for approval by the contractor (Chafea) by end of March 2017. As soon as the review has been approved, it will be available for download here.