EMIS-2017 was an online anonymous survey among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and was undertaken by Sigma Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in association with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin.
The EMIS-2017 survey collected data from gay, bisexual, and other MSM in 50 countries between 18 October 2017 and 31 January 2018. The online questionnaire was available simultaneously in 33 languages (all language-versions of the questionnaire are available here) and 137,000 men responded to EMIS-2017.
The overall aim of EMIS-2017 was to generate data useful for the planning of HIV and STI prevention and care programmes and the monitoring of national progress in this area (by comparing with the results of previous surveys). The survey aimed to describe the level and distribution of HIV transmission risk and precautionary behaviours; related HIV prevention needs; and to assess self-reported STI testing behaviours, testing performance and STI diagnoses, including viral hepatitis among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. At a country level, the survey generated data for understanding the needs of populations and directing prevention programmes.
The overall EMIS-2017 report was launched in August 2019.
The first EMIS-2017 Community Report was published at the end of 2018 in 31 languages.
EMIS-2017 - Ireland
There were 2,083 respondents to EMIS-2017 who were living in Ireland at the time of the survey. Sigma Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) provided data on eligible respondents who were living in Ireland at the time of the survey to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (in partnership with the Gay Health Network and the Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy) for the purposes of producing a national descriptive report.
The EMIS-2017 Ireland report was launched on 3rd October 2019 and is available to download on the HPSC website.