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The EMIS project

The European MSM Internet survey (EMIS) 2010

Logo of the European Man-For-Man Internet Sex Survey

The first European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS), conducted in 2010 in the framework of an EU-funded project, has so far been the largest study on men who have sex with men ever conducted, with more than 180,000 participants from 38 countries in Europe. The scientific coordination was carried out at Robert Koch Institute. EMIS was a joint project of academic, governmental, non-governmental, and social online media partners from 35 European countries (EU and neighbouring countries) to inform European prevention planning for a group highly affected by infections with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs): gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). A report on the survey results has been published in 2013 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): EMIS 2010: the European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey

EMIS- 2017

Logo of the European Man-For-Man Internet Sex Survey

EMIS-2017 was executed by Sigma Research (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) as part of ESTICOM (European Surveys and Training to Improve MSM Community Health). ESTICOM was a three-year project (2016-2019) funded by the European Commission Health Programme 2014-2020 through a tender by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea). The tender requested evidence about the sexual health of gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men across Europe. The ESTICOM tender involved 9 European organisations under a consortium led by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin, Germany.

The consortium delivered on three interlinked projects over the funding period of three years:

  • Objective 1: A European online survey of gay, bisexual and other MSM (EMIS-2017);
  • Objective 2: A European online survey of community health workers (CHW) who provide sexual health support to gay, bisexual and other MSM in a community setting (ECHOES);
  • Objective 3: Development and piloting of a Training programme focused on MSM for Community Health Workers (CHW) that is adaptable to all EU countries.

The EMIS-2017 questionnaire went online in October 2017 in 33 language versions. Respondents were recruited via banners and messages on several international and national dating websites, smartphone apps, social media, and through a range of other national promotion activities. The survey was closed at the end of January 2018, with 137,000 of the submitted questionnaires meeting the qualifying criteria. A survey report has been prepared and has been published by ECDC as a technical report end of August 2019. Selected EMIS-based indicators have been published as maps on an UNAIDS key population website on November 30, 2018. National datasets have been made available to collaborators from 43 participating countries to enable the preparation of focused national reports and journal articles. Applications for analyzing national and multinational datasets with specific research questions can be submitted from July 2019 onwards. Applications will be reviewed by the EMIS editorial board, and after approval and signing a data transfer agreement datasets can be released.

Date: 29.08.2019