Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
Membership of professional associations
International AIDS Society, International Society for Critical Health Psychology, Higher Education Academy
Associate Professor Adam Bourne works in the areas of sexual health, health promotion and health inequalities. Prior to joining ARCSHS in early 2017, Adam spent a decade working with the Sigma Research group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During this time he led a number of national and international qualitative studies that explored HIV risk and prevention behaviours among gay and bisexual men, as well as community surveys and sexual health needs assessments of people living with HIV. He has published widely in the field of drug use among LGBT populations, especially use that occurs in sexual settings (‘chemsex’).
At ARCSHS, Adam takes a leading role in the development of research that examines the health and well-being of LGBTI populations, at both a domestic level and in an international context. He also maintains active involvement in HIV research among key populations, including the TRANSFORM bio-behavioural study, which examines social and sexual networks of men who have sex with men in Kenya and South Africa.
Adam works in collaboration with a number of community, national and supra-national organisations. Between mid 2015 and late 2016, he took a part time secondment to work with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, helping to develop the research and evaluation capacity of the secretariat and a wide range of country level linking organisations in Africa and South East Asia. He is currently a member of the Global Advocacy Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Response for Men who have Sex with Men, hosted by the MSM Global Forum and UNAIDS.
Adam is happy to receive applications for doctoral studies in the fields of LGBT health and well-being, drug use harm reduction and the social and behavioural aspects of HIV and sexual health. He maintains an honorary appointment at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, through which he co-supervises a number of PhD students who examine new HIV prevention and testing technologies. Adam is currently an Associate Editor of the journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections.'
Recent journal articles
Lim SH, Mburu G, Bourne A, Pang J, Wickersham JA, Wei CKT, Yee I, Wang B, Cassolato M, Azwa I (2017) Willingness to use pre-exposure prophylaxis among men who have sex with men in Malaysia: findings from an online survey. 2(9): e0182838. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182838.
Bourne A, Cassolato M, Wei CKT, Wang B, Pang J, Lim SH, Azwa I, Yee I, Mburu G (2017) Willingness to use pre-exposure prophylaxis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malaysia: findings from a qualitative study. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20: 21899, http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.20.1.21899.
Witzel TC, Weatherburn P, Rodger AJ, Bourne A, Burns F (2017) Risk, reassurance and routine: a qualitative study of narrative understandings of the potential for HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in England. BMC Public Health 17(1) · May 2017, doi: 10.1186/s12889-0174370-0.
Bourne A & Weatherburn P (2017) Substance use among men who have sex with men: patterns, motivations, impacts and intervention development need. Sexually Transmitted Infections, published online first 11 April 2017 (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2016-052674).
Weatherburn P, Hickson F, Reid D, Torres-Rueda S, Bourne A (2016) Motivations and values associated with combining sex and illicit drugs (‘chemsex’) among gay men in South London: findings from a qualitative study. Sexually Transmitted Infections, published online first 12 August 2016 (doi:10.1136/sextrans-2016-052695).
Ahmed A-K, Weatherburn P, Reid D, Hickson F, Torres-Rueda S, Steinberg P, Bourne A (2016) Social norms related to combining drugs and sex (“chemsex”) among gay men in South London. International Journal of Drug Policy, 38: 29–35 (doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.10.007).
Schmidt AJ, Bourne A, Weatherburn P, Reid D, Marcus U, Hickson F, & The EMIS Network (2016) Illicit drug use among gay and bisexual men in 44 cities: Findings from the European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS). International Journal of Drug Policy, 38:4-12 (doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.09.007).
Melendez-Torres GJ, Bonell C, Hickson F, Bourne A, Reid D, Weatherburn P (2016) Predictors of crystal methamphetamine use in a community-based sample of UK men who have sex with men. International Journal of Drug Policy, 36: 43–46.(doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.06.010).
Hickson F, Davey C, Reid D, Weatherburn P, Bourne A (2016) Mental health inequalities among gay and bisexual men in England, Scotland and Wales: a large community-based cross-sectional survey. Journal of Public Health, published online first 26 April 2016 (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdw021).
Witzel TC, Guise A, Nutland W, Bourne A (2016) It Starts With Me: Privacy concerns and stigma in the evaluation of a Facebook health promotion intervention. Sexual Health, published online first 14 April 2016 (doi: 10.1071/SH15231).
Bourne A, Davey C, Hickson F, Reid D, Weatherburn P (2016) Physical health inequalities among gay and bisexual men in England: a large community-based cross-sectional survey. Journal of Public Health, published online first 13 April 2016 (doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw029).
Melendez-Torres G.J, Bourne A (2016) Illicit drug use and its association with sexual risk behaviour among MSM: more questions than answers? Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 29(1):58-63. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000234.
Bourne A, Reid D, Hickson F, Torres-Rueda S, Weatherburn P (2015) Illicit drug use in sexual settings (“chemsex”) and HIV/STI transmission risk behaviour among gay men in South London: findings from a qualitative study. Sexually Transmitted Infections, published online first on 09-072015 (doi:10.1136/sextrans-2015-052052).
Bourne A, Reid D, Hickson F, Torres-Rueda S, Steinberg P, Weatherburn P (2015) “Chemsex” and harm reduction need among gay men in South London. International Journal of Drug Policy, published online first on 24-07-2015 (doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.07.013).
Bourne A, Dodds C, Keogh P, Weatherburn P (2015) Non-condom related strategies to reduce the risk of HIV transmission: perspective and experiences of gay men with diagnosed HIV. Journal of Health Psychology, published online first on 06-05-2015 (doi:10.1177/1259105315581066).
Dodds C, Weait M, Bourne A, Egede S (2015) Keeping confidence: HIV and the criminal law from HIV service providers’ perspectives. Critical Public Health, 25(4): 410-426 (doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1019835).
Eakle R, Jarrett C, Bourne A, Stadler J, Larson H (2015) Protocol for a systematic review: understanding the motivations and barriers to uptake and use of female-initiated, primary biomedical HIV prevention technologies in sub-Saharan Africa. Systematic Reviews, 4:111 (doi:10.1186/s13643-015-0096-1).
Mendelsohn, J.B., Calzavara, L., Daftary, A., Mitra, S., Pidutti, J., Allman, D., Bourne, A., Loutfy, M., Myers, T. (2014). A scoping review and thematic analysis of social and behavioural research among HIV-serodiscordant couples in high-income settings. BMC Public Health, 15:241 (doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1488-9).
Bourne, A., Hammond, G., Hickson, F., Reid, D., Schmidt, A. J., Weatherburn, P., and the EMIS Network (2013). What constitutes the best sex life for gay and bisexual men? Implications for HIV prevention. BMC Public Health, 13:1083 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1083.
Bourne, A., & Robson, M. (2013). Participants’ Reflections on Being Interviewed about Risk and Sexual Behaviour: Implications for collection of qualitative data on sensitive topics. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Published online ahead of print - 20 November 2013 (doi: 10.1080/13645579.2013.860747.
Bourne, A., Hickson, F., Reid, D., Keogh, P., & Weatherburn, P. (2012). Problems with sex among gay and bisexual men with diagnosed HIV. BMC Public Health, 12: 916.
Bourne, A., Dodds, C., Weatherburn, P., & Keogh, P. (2011). Perceptions of HIV superinfection risk among gay men with diagnosed HIV who have unprotected anal intercourse. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 22, 190-193.
Dodds, C., Bourne, A., & Weait, M. (2009). Responses to criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission among gay men with HIV in England and Wales. Reproductive Health Matters, 17(34).
Bourne, A. H., & Robson, M. (2009). Perceiving risk and (re)constructing safety: the lived experience of ‘safe’ sex. Health, Risk & Society, 10 (4), 283-295.
Recent book chapters
Bourne A, Owour J, Dodds C (2016) Intimacy, Support and Social Connectivity: Experiences of HIV Serodiscordant Relationships among Black African People Living in England. In: A Persson, S Hughes (Eds.). Making “Difference”: New Perspectives on HIV Serodiscordance. Springer, London.
Bourne, A. (2012). Drug use among MSM across the globe: Implication for harm reduction. In: C. Stoicescu (Ed.). Global State of Harm Reduction. London: Harm Reduction International.
Leonelli S, Daly F, Bourne A (in press) Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being: positioning the health needs for LGBTI within the sustainable development goals. MSMGF & Outright International.
Bourne A, Fearon E, Nutland W (2016) Mapping and appraisal of HIV prevention and care interventions for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda & Zimbabwe: A report of the SHARP programme. London, Sigma Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Bourne A, Reid D, Hammond G, Weatherburn P (2014) African Health & Sex Survey 2013/2014: Headline Findings. London, Sigma Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Bourne A, Reid D, Hickson F, Torres Rueda S, Weatherburn P (2014) The Chemsex study: drug use in sexual settings among gay and bisexual men in Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham. London, Sigma Research.
UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team & Sigma Research [Bourne, A., Reid D., Weatherburn, P] (2014). CARIMIS: The Caribbean MSM Internet Sex Survey, UNAIDS, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
Dodds C, Weait M, Bourne A, Egede S, Jessup K, Weatherburn P (2013) Keeping Confidence: HIV and the criminal law from service provider perspectives. London, Sigma Research.