***The MRC Gay Men's Sexual Health Survey ended in 2014***

The MRC Gay Men's Sexual Health Survey, Scotland was led by Lisa McDaid, Programme Leader for Sexual Health at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.  The survey was conducted with gay and bisexual men in bars and saunas in Glasgow and Edinburgh every three years from 1996 to 2014.  Men who took part were asked to complete a short, anonymous questionnaire about their recent sexual behaviour and sexual health service use.  From 2005-2014, we also collected oral fluid samples to be tested anonymously for HIV.  This allowed us to estimate HIV prevalence and undiagnosed infection among the gay and bisexual men who took part. The 2014 survey also tested for Hepatitis C.

This survey provided important data on the sexual health of gay and bisexual men in Scotland.  It captured valuable information from men who do not regularly attend sexual health clinics and provided a snapshot of men 'on the gay scene' in Scotland. The final survey took place in 2014. See our Findings page for more information on the survey results.

Data Sharing

We are committed to maximizing the use of the MRC Gay Men's Sexual Health Survey, Scotland to advance knowledge and improve sexual health.  We welcome proposals for collaborative projects and data sharing.  Find out more about our data sharing policy on our data sharing page.


2014 Survey

We have completed our 2014 survey in Glasgow, Edinburgh and this year, Dundee!  A huge amount of thanks goes to all the men who took part and to the venues and research partners who supported our work.

We've written up the findings from our 2011 survey. You can see a summary of the findings and the published papers on our 2011 findings page.