Sex on premises venues (SOPV) health promotion project in response to sustained increases in HIV notifications

Mullens, Amy B., Staunton, Shaun, Debattista, Joseph, Hamernik, Elisabeth and Gill, Darren (2009) Sex on premises venues (SOPV) health promotion project in response to sustained increases in HIV notifications. Sexual Health, 6 1: 41-44. doi:10.1071/SH07087

Author Mullens, Amy B.
Staunton, Shaun
Debattista, Joseph
Hamernik, Elisabeth
Gill, Darren
Title Sex on premises venues (SOPV) health promotion project in response to sustained increases in HIV notifications
Journal name Sexual Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-5028
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/SH07087
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 44
Total pages 4
Editor Christopher Fairley
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 920504 Men's Health
920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
9202 Health and Support Services
Formatted abstract
Due to increases in HIV notifications in Queensland, a health promotion outreach project was developed with sex on premises venues (SOPV) in Brisbane.

A health promotion officer (HPO) promoted safer sex behaviours among SOPV patrons over 14 months, including providing information, counselling and skills to enhance safer sexual behaviours and providing referrals. Surveys were introduced to facilitate discussions regarding HIV/sexually transmissible infections, testing and safer sex practices.


The project demonstrated feasibility within this highly sexualised environment, and was enhanced by careful monitoring and revising the procedure to improve patron/staff responses to the project. The introduction of a survey instrument was a significant contributor to the project’s effectiveness, providing opportunities for patrons to discuss a variety of key sexual health issues.

This initiative reflected effective partnering between the Health Department, a community HIV/lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation and private industry. Despite initial difficulties, the presence of a health worker within an SOPV was acceptable to patrons and allowed for brief interventions to be conducted. This project was deemed effective for a limited time period and within certain constraints.
Keyword Brief Intervention
Gay Men
Health Promotion
Sexual Health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Published online: 23 February 2009

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