A number of years ago I volunteered for a local community-based gay men’s health promotion agency in Vancouver. I co-facilitated the youth group that met bi-weekly. During that time the agency was looking at different ways of focusing health promotion specifically for gay men as we are a high-risk group for a lot of STI’s. One of their most successful initiatives, among others, was the Sex Now Survey: a comprehensive anonymous questionnaire that provided insight into gay men’s sexual habits for the purposes of future gay-focused health initiatives. In other words, its a survey about YOUR personal and sexual well-being as a gay man.
Originally the Sex Now Survey was created solely for the Vancouver and BC areas for those specific health communities. However, the survey itself, as well as the results were considered ground-breaking and they garnered national and international attention. Now it’s available to everyone around the world, however they are only capturing trends within different regions of Canada.
The survey itself touches on everything from the type and frequency of sex you like to have, the type of relationships you like to make, the type of porn you watch and how that affects your sex life, toys you might use, personal STI prevention techniques, your own mental health, your gay friendships, and your relationships with work, family, and the media.
I urge all gay men to take 10 minutes out of your day to take the Sex Now Survey, whether you are currently sexually active or not. It’s a great way to show health agencies and by extensions community leaders that we are a diverse group that has unique challenges and the need for a distinct approach when it comes to promoting our own personal and sexual well-beings.
Follow the link to take the survey.