Leading charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is appealing to PinkNews.co.uk readers to take part in this year’s gay men’s sex survey.

This vital annual poll is the largest of its type in the world. Last year over 13,000 men took part, giving THT and scores of other organisations vital data.

Sigma Research, a social research group specialising in the behavioural and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health, and the University of Portsmouth are launching the National Gay Men’s Sex Survey today.

This year, for the first time, there is also a survey designed to establish the health needs of people living with HIV, entitled “What Do You Need?”

The GMSS is carried out in collaboration with over 85 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership’s health promotion work with gay men.

Peter Weatherburn, Director of Sigma Research told PinkNews.co.uk:

“Please take the time to fill the questionnaire in – it’ll only take ten minutes and you’ll be participating in the largest survey of gay and bisexual men anywhere in the world. The information you give us is invaluable.”

Will Nutland, Head of Gay Men’s Health Promotion at THT said:

“Both of these surveys are vital as they help us develop and target our HIV and sexual health promotion work.

“We really need both gay men and people living with HIV to get involved. Previous surveys have told us a lot about men’s sexual health and this year we’re hoping to get more responses than ever.”

The GMSS includes regular questions about sexual behaviour and HIV testing and questions on drug and alcohol use.

“What Do You Need?” includes questions on the needs of people with HIV including the health services they use.

The surveys can be completed online until the end of August and are also available in booklet form from gay venues, support groups and organisations across the UK.