Sigma Research

African Health and Sex Survey 2013-14 (formerly known as Bass Line)

Duration: January 2007 - September 2014

African Health and Sex Survey

In 2007 Sigma Research conducted the first community survey of HIV prevention need among African people living in England. This Bass Line survey was repeated in 2008-09 with over 2500 responses. The survey generated essential data for the planning and commissioning of HIV prevention and social care interventions for people from African communities people, who are one of the key populations affected by HIV in England. As part of our work for HIV Prevention England, we revised and re-branded the survey as the African Health and Sex Survey with a focus on the motivations and barriers to HIV testing and condom use. The survey was available for completion online only via computers, tablets and smart-phones. It ran from the end of September 2013 to the end of January 2014 and recruited more than 1000 African people across England. It was promoted via a range of commercial websites, social media and our charitable partners across England.

The final report was released in September 2014. It is available to download as a PDF and printed format by request via Gary Hammond.

The additional Summary data report shows some key findings of the survey by the four Public Health England regions of residence.

Previous questionnaires are available in questionnaires.

The project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Key contact: Adam Bourne

HIV Prevention England was funded by Public Health England and managed by Terrence Higgins Trust.