“… Giving Something back to the Gay Community by Taking Part”: Gay and Bisexual Men’s Understandings of Participation in Behavioural Research

Boydell, N. , Fergie, G. , Hilton, S. and McDaid, L. (2015) “… Giving Something back to the Gay Community by Taking Part”: Gay and Bisexual Men’s Understandings of Participation in Behavioural Research. BASHH Spring Conference 2015, Glasgow, UK, 1-3 June 2015. A79. (doi:10.1136/sextrans-2015-052126.233)

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Abstract

Background/introduction: Studies exploring public participation in health research have not, to date, included the perspectives of gay and bisexual men taking part in behavioural surveillance research. Understanding factors which motivate men to participate in behavioural research, and their perceptions of feedback on anonymous HIV antibody tests are important in the design of future studies. Aim(s)/objectives: The aim of this qualitative study was to gain insight into men’s motivations for participation in the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Survey (GMSHS), and their understandings of, and views on, HIV testing as part of the survey. Methods: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 29 gay and bisexual men who participated in the 2011 GMSHS. Men were recruited in 13 licensed premises on the commercial ‘gay scene’ in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Data were analysed thematically, focusing on motives for participation and perceptions of not receiving individual feedback on HIV status. Results: Most men expressed sophisticated understandings of the purpose of behavioural research and distinguished between this and individual diagnostic testing for HIV. Men’s accounts suggested a shared understanding of participation in research as a means of contributing to ‘community’ HIV prevention efforts. Among the men interviewed feedback on HIV status was not deemed crucial. Discussion/conclusion: Continuing to engage with gay and bisexual men, and practitioners working within these communities, is vital to engendering trust in, and support for, future behavioural research. This is particularly important during the process of developing new and innovative research strategies. Further research is needed to explore men’s perceptions of participation in research, and their perspectives on receiving feedback on testing, within wider contexts.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Paper presented at BASHH Spring Conference 2015 1–3 June 2015 Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow, Scotland MRC 978281. Gay Community Norms and Sexual Health (Personal Communities' and safer sex: A qualitative study of young gay and bisexual men in Scotland) Abstract publihsed in Sexually Transmitted Infections, 91(Suppl 1):A79
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDaid, Professor Lisa and Fergie, Dr Gillian and Hilton, Professor Shona and Boydell, Dr Nicola
Authors: Boydell, N., Fergie, G., Hilton, S., and McDaid, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Sexually Transmitted Infections
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1368-4973
ISSN (Online):1472-3263

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656571Sexual Health and Families ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/2IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
656611Understanding and Use of Public Health ResearchShona HiltonMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/6IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727671SPHSU Core Renewal: Informing Healthy Public Policy Research ProgrammePeter CraigMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/15IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU