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. I am currently working with colleagues to assess the community impact of COVID-19.

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. Over the last 10 years he has researched the impact of new forms of HIV prevention, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention, on community norms, attitudes and practices. He is currently working with colleagues to assess the impact...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. Over the last 10 years he has researched the impact of new forms of HIV prevention, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention, on community norms, attitudes and practices. He is currently working with colleagues to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the communities with whom we work.

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

Martin is actively involved with the HIV sector, gay community organisations, and professional societies. In 2013 he became a Deputy Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society and in 2018 an Associate Editor of AIDS and Behavior


My Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Birmingham
MSc in Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD in Psychology, University of Birmingham


My Awards

Fellow (elected), Royal Society of New South Wales, 2019.
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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Areas of supervision

I am available to supervise postgraduate research in the following areas:

  • HIV prevention, particularly with gay and bisexual men
  • social and behavioural research on HIV, sexual behaviour and relationships
  • understanding and use of biomedical prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV treatment as prevention
  • understanding and use of technology (such as new media or biomedical technology) by HIV-affected communities

Currently supervising

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, PrEP in practice: clinical perspectives on prescribing PrEP in Australia

Recent HDR completions:

Naveed Noor, The social logic of sexual risk-taking among homeless young people in Pakistan, completed 2019.
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.


My Engagement

Academy Member, Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV
Associate Member, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
Member, International AIDS Society
Member, The Australian Sociological Association
Deputy Editor, Journal of the International AIDS Society
Associate Editor, AIDS and Behavior

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Videos

Seminar presented by Martin Holt from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health for stakeholders in Western Australia on 20 May 2020.
Seminar presented by Martin Holt from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health for stakeholders in the ACT on 10 June 2020.
Seminar about PrEP access, problematising evidence and equity presented by Christy Newman, Martin Holt and Anthony K J Smith on 4 December 2019 at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.
Video abstract for the article 'HIV pre‐exposure prophylaxis and the ‘problems’ of reduced condom use and sexually transmitted infections in Australia: a critical analysis from an evidence‐making intervention perspective'.

Read the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12967
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
Perth Gay Community Periodic Survey: 2019 results and trends
Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey: 2019 results and trends
Equitable access, problematising evidence, and mainstreaming the implementation of PrEP in Australia
'HIV pre‐exposure prophylaxis' video abstract with Professor Martin Holt
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