Researcher

Professor Martin Holt

My Expertise

My expertise is in HIV prevention, particularly with gay and bisexual men. I study trends in sexual behaviour, and conduct social and behavioural research on HIV, sexual health and the use of biomedical prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV treatment as prevention. I use mixed methods to understand community attitudes to and engagement with different prevention methods, drawing on social science theory and critical public health research to understand the complex and unexpected effects that interventions and programs can have.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Professor Martin Holt specialises in HIV prevention research with gay and bisexual men. A social scientist by training, he has worked at the Centre for Social Research in Health since 2003. He is currently focused on the impact of new forms of HIV prevention, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention, on community norms, attitudes and practices. 

Martin leads the Gay Community Periodic Surveys, the main part of...view more

Professor Martin Holt specialises in HIV prevention research with gay and bisexual men. A social scientist by training, he has worked at the Centre for Social Research in Health since 2003. He is currently focused on the impact of new forms of HIV prevention, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention, on community norms, attitudes and practices. 

Martin leads the Gay Community Periodic Surveys, the main part of Australia's behavioural surveillance system for HIV. He leads a longitudinal study of the social aspects of biomedical HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men (the PrEPARE project) and the COUNT study of undiagnosed HIV infection. He is a chief investigator on a range of other projects, including:

Martin is actively involved with the HIV sector, gay community organisations, and the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH). In 2013 he became a Deputy Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society. In 2015 he was a Visiting Fellow at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in San Francisco. In 2017 he was the national co-convenor of the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference and in 2018 he was the co-chair of the 2018 ASSHH conference, held in Amsterdam, prior to the International AIDS Conference.


My Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Birmingham, MSc London, PhD Birmingham


My Awards

Australia Awards Endeavour Executive Fellowship, 2015.
Dean's Award for Social Research Impact, 2014 (jointly awarded to Gay Community Periodic Survey team).


My Research Supervision


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My Engagement

Academy Member, Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV
Associate Member, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
Member, International AIDS Society
Deputy Editor, Journal of the International AIDS Society
Co-chair, Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH) 2018 Conference, Amsterdam
National Program Committee, Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference
Staff representative, CSRH Centre Management Committee


My Teaching

Areas of HDR supervision:

HIV prevention, particularly with gay and bisexual men; trends in sexual behaviour; social and behavioural research on HIV; use of biomedical prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV treatment as prevention; use of technology (such as the internet or biomedical technology) by gay and bisexual men.

Current HDR supervision:

Johann Kolstee, How are changing knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about risk reduction strategies affecting the sexual behaviour of GBM in Australia?
James MacGibbon, Adaptation to and incorporation of HIV PrEP by Australian gay men in non-monogamous relationships.
Anthony Smith, Understanding the personal, social and community effects of biomedical HIV prevention

Recent HDR completions:

Nga Thi Thu Vu, Sex, drugs and health of men who have sex with men in Vietnam, completed 2017.
Anthony Bains, A shifting landscape: Exploring HIV-positive gay and bisexual men’s perceptions of ‘HIV treatment as prevention’ in Australia, completed 2016.
Damian Conway, Point-of-care HIV testing for men who have sex with men in sexual health clinics in Sydney, New South Wales, completed 2015.
Denton Callander, Just a preference: exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online, completed 2013.
Jan Mietinen, Talk about sex? How HIV-positive gay men talk about sex with their doctors/health care providers, completed 2010.

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Contact

+61 2 9385 6410
+61 2 9385 6455

Videos

Professor Martin Holt in his professorial inaugural lecture, Sex, drugs and HIV prevention, shares his specialist knowledge and provides insight into ‘what’ and ‘who’ has influenced his life and career.
Professor Martin Holt from the Centre for Social Research in Health discusses HIV prevention drug PrEP and its impact on sexual practices in gay and bisexual communities where PrEP implementation programs have been rolled out.
Public lecture given during Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017
Keynote at 2018 SiREN Symposium in Western Australia on 'Preparing for the impact of PrEP and the diversification of gay men's sexual practices in WA'
The challenges and opportunities of new technologies: examples from HIV social and behavioural research; 2016 SiREN Symposium in Perth, WA
A/Prof Martin Holt presenting data on gay men's HIV risk reduction strategies at AIDS 2014.
A/Prof Martin Holt presents preliminary findings from the COUNT study of undiagnosed HIV (CSRH Seminar, 10th September 2014)
Meet the new professor: Martin Holt
Prof Martin Holt discusses impact of PrEP uptake on condom use
Sex Lecture - Antiretroviral sex: the transformation of safe sex?
2018 SiREN Symposium
2016 SiREN Symposium. Martin Holt
Consistent and inconsistent use of HIV risk reduction strategies by Australian gay...
Preliminary findings from the COUNT study (2014)