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EMIS - European MSM Internet Survey

Duration: May 2009 - May 2012


In 2010 EMIS - the European MSM Internet Survey - incorporated the UKs Gay Men's Sex Survey also known as Vital Statistics. It was a pan-European survey on knowledge, attitudes, needs and behaviour with regard to HIV and STI transmission among gay men, bisexual men and men that have sex with men (MSM). The survey was available from 4th June to 31st August 2010, in 25 languages. More than 180,000 men took part, making it the largest survey of this population ever undertaken anywhere in the world.

Researchers and gay and HIV organisations from 33 European countries collaborated to develop a common questionnaire, and to conduct an internet survey promoted on 236 MSM websites all over Europe, and jointly analyse the data and prepare a range of outputs. First results are available on the EMIS website alongside the questionnaire (in English).

Sigma Research is one of six Associated Partners who are official contractors with the European Commission. These six partners co-fund the project and share responsibility for producing, analysing, and disseminating the scientific results. They all provide researchers who work at least part-time just on EMIS. In the UK, EMIS is part-funded by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of CHAPS, the national HIV prevention programme funded by the English Department of Health.

To find out more about EMIS go to

EMIS was funded by the The European Commission.

Key contact at Sigma Research: Ford Hickson