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ECDC technical report: EMIS 2010, the European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey

27 May 2013
ECDC technical report: EMIS 2010, the European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey

Recent HIV/AIDS surveillance data show that the number of people living with HIV in Europe is increasing and that HIV infection among men who have sex with men is the predominant mode of transmission in the countries of the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA).

In 2010, the European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey (EMIS) collected comparable data in 25 languages, advertised and promoted on at least 237 national and transnational websites for MSM and via non-governmental organisations. As such, it is the largest transnational survey among MSM ever conducted – regarding the number of participants, the number of countries covered and the number of different language versions available. The survey aimed at providing data for the future planning of public health interventions and (if repeated) to facilitate the monitoring of changes over time in the behaviour, needs and interventions affecting HIV incidence among MSM. 

The response from more than 180 000 MSM in Europe to a survey that focused on knowledge about HIV and sexually transmitted infections, sexual behaviour, access to care, HIV-related stigma and the use of services for HIV and sexual health is a strong indication that this group cares about HIV and sexual health issues.

The joint technical report provides the results of mainly descriptive analyses of the survey variables. It represents a first, essential step towards making the rich data set accessible for further in-depth analysis. Scientists who are interested in the data are invited to collaborate with the EMIS Network for further analysis of the dataset.

The survey was designed by six associate partners based in five countries (Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK) and was funded by the Health programme 2008-2013 of the European Commission, through the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and co-funded by the six associate partners.

Read the full report:
 EMIS 2010: the European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey

Consult the EMIS questionnaire, community reports, articles and national reports, at the project website

To read about other EU funded actions, please consult the EAHC project database

Read more:
STI and HIV prevention in men who have sex with men in Europe

Effectiveness of behavioural and psychosocial HIV/STI prevention interventions for MSM in Europe

Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2012 progress reports

HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Europe 2011

Monitoring implementation of the European Commission Communication and Action Plan for combating HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries, 2009–2013

Implementing the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2010 Progress Report

ECDC Programme for Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV/AIDS and blood-borne viruses

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