Asia Pacific MSM Internet Survey

Drawing of five dark-haired men facing away, arms around each others' shoulders, wearing shorts and singlets with the flags of Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, in front of a rainbow arch

The Asia Pacific MSM Internet Survey (APMIS) is a pilot, six-country, online survey of men who have sex with men (MSM) living in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. It seeks to:

  1. Examine the feasibility of delivering a large-scale, online HIV social and behavioural survey to MSM living in all countries of Asia and the Pacific.
  2. Examine HIV prevention and care need, including engagement with new biomedical prevention technologies among MSM in five Asia-Pacific countries, and to examine how engagement varies by key demographic and sociographic characteristics.


APMIS is a partnership of investigators at multiple institutions, including Dr Sin How Lim (University of Malaya), A/Prof Thomas Guadamuz (Mahidol University), Dr Ben Bavinton and Professor Martin Holt (UNSW Sydney), and A/Prof Adam Bourne (La Trobe University).

This core investigator team has been supported by a large number of other colleagues, including Noriyo Kaneko (Japan), Laura Nivendorff (Indonesia), Thanh Ly An (Vietnam), as well as Adam Hill and Natalie Amos (La Trobe University).

The APMIS pilot project was funded by a Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area Grant from La Trobe University.

Study findings

Data were collected in mid-late 2020 and resulted in 15,938 valid responses across the six countries, making it the largest ever survey of MSM in Asia and the Pacific. A community summary report and a series of peer reviewed articles are currently in development and will be posted to this site soon.

The ultimate aim is to scale up the project to all countries of the region, including meaningful engagement of community organisations that work with and for MSM to advance their health and human rights.

Key contact

A/Prof Adam Bourne: