9. Jake Gyllenhaal
8. Hugh Jackman
7. George Clooney
6. Ricky Martin
1.it's YOU or your Partner
How romantic is that! It’s the actual result of the final question of the EMIS survey - a fun question included by the survey creators to affirm the value of love and sex between men.
WHAT WAS THE EMIS SURVEY?
In the summer of 2010 more than 180,000 men (including 99,700 PlanetRomeo users) took part in the biggest ever study of men who have sex with men. Men across the whole of Europe were invited to take part via local, national, and international LGBT and HIV organizations, as well as pan‐European online‐communities like PlanetRomeo.
The questionnaire took about 20 minutes to complete and was available in 25 European languages.
The amount of data collected is huge and will take months to fully analyze and interpret. The final report is expected in September 2011. But a few initial findings were released by the organizers in December 2010. We’ve summarized them below, but you can also access the official report under "Publications" here: www.emis-project.eu
The average age of participants was 30. But respondents in Eastern and South‐Eastern European countries tended to be younger. While in Northern and North-Western Europe respondents were generally older, many over 50.
WELL INFORMED & RESPONSIBLE
Contrary to a lot of media reports, the data collected reveals men who have sex with men to be well informed about HIV and responsible about being tested for HIV.
35% took an HIV test in the past 12 months
Testing was most common in Spain, Portugal, Belgium & France.
Least common in Lithuania, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary & Turkey.
93% accuracy on general questions about HIV
The average score of 93% concerning five statements about HIV, testing and medication revealed a high level of knowledge among respondents. There were regional differences. These were small, but indicated slight knowledge gaps in Eastern and South‐Eastern European countries.
IN OR “OUT” OF THE CLOSET
Huge differences are apparent when it comes to being “out”. More than two thirds of men were “out” in the UK, France, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands. But that figure drops to less than a quarter in Bosnia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus.
BETTER SEX WHEN “OUT”
By cross-referencing information from two questions, a clear correlation was revealed between being “out” and having a “happy sex life”. For example, France, Belgium and the Netherlands scored high on both counts, but at the other end of the scale in countries where men are less likely to be “out”, there were greater levels of sexual dissatisfaction.
One exception to this rule was Portugal, where although few men identify as being “out”, levels of sexual happiness were quite high!
For more information, take a look at the official report under "Publications" here:www.emis-project.eu
The final full report will be available in September 2011.
The EMIS project was co-funded by a grant of the European Agency for Health and Consumers, and executed by a joint consortium consisting of: Robert Koch Institute (Germany); Sigma Research (United Kingdom), University College Maastricht (Netherlands); Centre d'Estudis Epidemiològics sobre les ITS i Sida de Catalunya (Spain); Segreteria regionale Sanità e Sociale, Regione del Veneto (Italy). Administration of the project lies with GTZ (Germany).