Views about HIV and sexual health among gay and bisexual Filipino men living in New Zealand

Jeffery Adams, Rommel Coquilla, Jed Montayre, Eric Julian Manalastas, Stephen Neville

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HIV infection is an issue for all gay and bisexual men in New Zealand, including men of Asian ethnicity among whom HIV infection is increasing. This study identifies the ways Filipino gay and bisexual men living in New Zealand talk about and understand issues related to HIV and HIV health-promoting behaviours. A qualitative descriptive methodology was used. Individual face-to-face interviews were analysed using a general inductive analytic approach. Three themes are evident across the men’s talk in relation to knowledge and practices around HIV and HIV health-promoting behaviours: (a) safe-sex is about condom use, (b) low levels of engagement with HIV testing, and (c) barriers to engagement with HIV-health promotion. The study results have implications for HIV health promotion and prevention programmes. Specifically, improved health literacy around HIV and prevention technologies is required. Culturally appropriate services and health promotion interventions need to be developed. Improved support and advocacy for gay and bisexual men in the broader Filipino community to counter stigma appear warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-353
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Filipino
  • gay and bisexual men
  • immigrant health
  • pre-exposure prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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