The SexNow Survey is going back to its roots and coming to a Pride near you! The survey, conducted by the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health, will be familiar to many already. Often referred to as “The gay census,” this periodic survey asks gay, bi and other men who have sex with men about aspects of their daily lives in an effort to better understand the issues affecting our communities across Canada. Questions cover a range of issues facing gay, bi, Two-Spirit and queer men (inclusive of trans men) and include everything from sexual practices and health to opinions on public policies.
What started as a small regional push by a few scrappy researchers has now become a national initiative that only continues to grow, and this year is no exception. There have been some big changes to the SexNow Survey, which is tackling some big issues including the current deferral policy for gay men who want to donate blood. As many members of our community are aware, there is a policy in place which prevents blood donation by man who has had sex with men in the past 12 months, meaning most gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men not eligible to donate blood. We strongly believe this policy is discriminatory and not reflective of current science. This years survey will seek to provide evidence that this de facto ban can be changed and blood donation can be made more inclusive.
To be eligible to participate in the study, guys will need to answer a few short questions about where they live and their sexual identity. Then, after giving consent to participate, they fill in the questionnaire and give a blood sample (either on their own, or with the help of a trained volunteer).
Watch for SexNow and our partners in these cities this summer
- Winnipeg - June 2 & 3
- Edmonton - June 9
- Toronto - June 23 & 24
- Halifax - July 21 & 22