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.

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Sociology, Public health, Sociology of health, Health surveillance, Sociology and social studies of science and technology, Infectious diseases

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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, supported by federal and state/territory health funding and NHMRC Partnership Project funding (2021-26). He also leads 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:

  • Asia Pacific MSM Internet Survey, led by A/Prof Adam Bourne
  • Evidence-making and implementing interventions in a viral elimination era, ARC Discovery Project led by Dr Kari Lancaster
  • Following Lives Undergoing Change (FLUX) study, led by A/Prof Garrett Prestage
  • Implementation research to guide the elimination of HIV transmission in NSW, NHMRC Partnership Project led by Prof Andrew Grulich
  • Networks in Flux: Examining how sector relationships adapt to rapid change, ARC Discovery Project led by A/Prof Graham Brown

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 Grants

  • NHMRC Partnership Project, Implementation research to guide the elimination of HIV transmission in NSW, 2021-26, CI
  • NHMRC Partnership Project, Extending the reach and relevance of behavioural surveillance to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in a changing HIV epidemic, 2021-26, lead CI
  • ARC Discovery Project, Evidence-making and implementing interventions in a viral elimination era, 2021-23, CI
  • ARC Discovery Project, Networks in Flux: Examining how sector relationships adapt to rapid change, 2021-23, CI
  • NHMRC Project, Crystal methamphetamine use, sex and risk practice among gay and bisexual men, 2017-19, CI
  • NHMRC Partnership Project, The HIV prevention revolution: measuring outcomes and maximising effectiveness, 2015-20, CI
  • NHMRC Project, Identifying undiagnosed HIV infection among Australian gay men: delivering HIV testing through a national, community-based study, 2013-16, lead CI
  • ARC Linkage Project, The role of the internet in producing social capital for homosexually active men: virtual communities in HIV prevention, 2006-09, CI

My Qualifications

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD


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

Brandon Bear, Salutogenic behaviours in sexuality and gender diverse individuals
Curtis Chan, Identifying characteristics of men who have sex with men at high risk of HIV infection not reached by gay community-focused public health messaging
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 relationships.
Anthony Smith, PrEP in practice: clinical perspectives on prescribing PrEP in Australia

 


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

Professor Martin Holt from Centre for Social Research in Health talks about the impacts of COVID-19 on gay and bisexual men’s practices in Australia.

Kirby Institute Seminar Series – 13 July 2021

This presentation considers how HIV behavioural surveillance was adapted to COVID-19 in Australia, and the impacts of COVID-19 on gay and bisexual men’s practices in different jurisdictions. We also consider how social and geographic disparities in HIV risk, the uptake of testing and use of effective prevention methods may have been accentuated by COVID-19.
Presentation given at Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences: Virtual, 18th November 2020, explaining how rising levels of PrEP use and HIV treatment by gay and bisexual men are increasing HIV prevention coverage in Australia.
Seminar presented by Martin Holt from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health for stakeholders in Western Australia on 20 May 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.
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 impact of COVID-19 on behavioural surveillance of gay and bisexual men
Increasing PrEP use and 'net prevention coverage'
Perth Gay Community Periodic Survey: 2019 results and trends
Equitable access, problematising evidence, and mainstreaming the implementation of PrEP in Australia
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