The European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS) is a multi-country, multi-language, anonymous online survey for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
EMIS is a joint project of academic, community, and governmental partners across Europe, to inform sexual health interventions for MSM. It occured in 2010 and 2017 with core-funding from the European Union Health Programme. We are planning to do it again in 2023, but no core-funding is yet available.
EMIS aims to describe the differences in sexual health needs across different groups of men, as well as to estimate the relative levels of different risk and precautionary behaviours.
EMIS has resulted in a wide variety of technical and community reports, very many scientific publications, and 26 indicators for 60 countries across four continents in the UNAIDS Key Population Atlas.
All this has changed the landscape for gay health in many European countries.
At present, we are fundraising to repeat EMIS in autum 2023. The project is led by Axel J. Schmidt @ German AIDS Federation (Deutsche Aidshilfe), Kai J. Jonas @ Maastricht University, and Ulrich Marcus @ Robert Koch Institute.
EMIS-2017 included all EMIS-2010 countries plus Canada, Israel, Lebanon, and the Philippines (50 countries, or 43 countries with viable samples). EMIS-2017 initially also included 18 Latin American countries that were subsequently surveyed separatedly as the Latin American Internet Survey (LAMIS).
As with all surveys, there are limitations to Internet surveys. We minimized those limitations during questionnaire design (aiming not only at self-identified gay men, but at all men who have sex with men or who feel attracted to men), during recruitment (using multiple online social networks and websites), and during the analyses (e.g. by adjusting for age, place of residence, source of recruitment, etc.).