Research project on gay migration and HIV-status is recruiting participants

University of Leicester seeking HIV-positive gay/bi/queer/MSM men needed for new research study

Researchers at the University of Leicester are researching how HIV shapes the migration choices of gay men in Europe.

The project is funded by the European Commission, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and led by Dr Cesare Di Feliciantonio of the University of Leicester’s School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

Dr Di Feliciantonio said: “We are currently recruiting participants to hear about their personal experiences. Participation is open to any self-identifying gay/bi/queer/MSM men aged over 18 living in England. Participation is fully anonymous.”

The survey will gain an insight into the mobility rate of HIV-positive gay/bi/queer/MSM men.

Dr Di Feliciantonio explained: “Understanding these processes might lead to a better provision of services and policies addressed to gay/bi/queer/MSM men.”

Several studies have found a correlation between becoming HIV-positive and gay men’s decision to migrate. To date, most of these studies have been based in the USA and Canada. This research will provide an important contribution to understanding the impact of HIV on where people choose to migrate within Europe.

Project advisor, Professor Gavin Brown, Professor of Political Geography and Sexualities at the University of Leicester, said: “This important research study will offer new insights into how and why some gay and bisexual men choose to relocate to live in a new place after their diagnosis.”

Any self-identifying gay/bisexual/queer/MSM man who lives in England and is aged over 18 can contribute to the project by completing an anonymous online survey.

The survey is available online.

If you would like to know more or are interested in being interviewed for the project, please email Dr Cesare Di Feliciantonio at