Welcome to PAWS

PAWS - ‘Prospective Ageing Well Study’ - aims to explore health and lifestyle patterns among older gay and bisexual men, to have a better understanding of how gay men are ageing, and whether this differs among gay men with HIV compared to gay men without HIV. This will help appropriately plan for health services in the future. So, we need to ask you some detailed questions.

Am I eligible

To be eligible to participate in PAWS you must be:

  • Aged 45 and over

  • Currently living in Australia

  • Gay, bisexual, or had sex with another man in the previous 2 years

  • Identify as male

What’s involved

Simply complete this questionnaire at least one time. (We may ask you again in a years’ time). We want to learn about you, your health and your family health history, and your lifestyle behaviours. The survey should only take 15-25 minutes to complete

The survey covers the following topics:

  • Your health history

  • Your biological family’s health history

  • Your HIV testing history, and HIV or PrEP treatment history

  • Your lifestyle behaviours (smoking, alcohol, recreational drug use)

  • Your daily activities and exercise

  • Your relationship status and social connections

Your experiences are important and will help understand the needs of an ageing gay community.


Thank you for your participation.

The PAWS study team


About the Kirby

The Kirby Institute is a leading global research institute dedicated to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

We were established in 1986 in response to the then emerging HIV epidemic. We now contribute to knowledge on a broad range of diseases, including viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. 

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