Press Release from The Eddystone Trust launching a regional survey aimed at men in the South West who have sex with men.
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The views of men who have sex with men are being asked across the South West. The Eddystone Trust employs lead researcher; Tina Wilkinson says:
“The needs assessment is a real chance for The Eddystone Trust to engage with men across the area, some of whom might be feeling isolated geographically or through the stigma often associated with sexuality and sexual behaviour. This is a chance for men in the area to provide information relevant to them in their locality rather than being part of a larger group of men who have sex with men predominantly based in large urban areas such as London and Manchester.”
The needs assessment will be asking men (aged over 16) to provide information across a variety of areas including sexual behaviour, sexual health testing and screening, and service and social media use. The first stage of the work is an online questionnaire available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/msmSouthWestsurvey and our website, www.eddystone.org.uk. We will also be promoting the survey through various relevant websites, venues and Pride events across the area throughout the summer.
The survey will run from now through to September 2014. Participants will also be invited to take part in a follow-up e-mail or face to face interview. The Eddystone Trust operates confidentiality under strict rules and this will be the case also in terms of the needs assessment. All participants can be assured of complete confidentiality and anonymity. There is a monthly prize draw with some amazing give-aways to encourage men to complete the survey.