The Sixth National HIV Strategy

5.2 Gay men and other men who have sex with men

Page last updated: July 2010

As a group, gay men have a much higher risk of acquiring HIV than other Australians. The highest priority is to address the resurgence of HIV transmission among gay men in Australia. Resurgent epidemics have occurred in several states and territories since 2000. In 2004 to 2008, the most frequently reported route of HIV transmission among new HIV diagnoses was sexual contact between men in non-Indigenous populations (67%) and Indigenous populations (54%). These increases in HIV transmissions were not uniform across the country.

Other men who have sex with men, such as bisexually and homosexually active men who do not identify as being gay, are part of this strategy’s priority population.