EntryPoint: A co-design approach to addressing hepatitis C among gay and bisexual men


Despite the opportunity provided by new treatments for hepatitis C, specific targeting of gay and bisexual men has been relatively rare ‰- even though the incidence of hepatitis C in this group is increasing both in Australia and globally. In order to identify intervention points (and modes) for peer-based hepatitis C testing and treatment initiatives, the EntryPoint study used an ethnographic methodology to explore gay and bisexual men‰’s sexual/social, drug-use and informational networks. Knowledge about how hepatitis C was transmitted varied among participants, although most were aware that it was a blood-borne virus. Few participants reported any specific risk-reduction strategies for hepatitis C or recalled any health promotion messaging about hepatitis C specifically targeting gay sex and drug use contexts. The workshop will use a co-design approach. In the first section of the workshop, the study investigators will provide an overview of the key findings. The second section will involve participants working in small groups to critically reflect on and evaluate the findings in terms of their work and/or everyday experience. In the final – and most important ‰- section, participants will work collaboratively to generate concepts for peer-based interventions to increase hepatitis C knowledge, testing and treatment among gay and bisexual men. This workshop will be of particular interest to delegates working in health promotion and policy related to hepatitis C, drug use and sexual health among gay and bisexual men. It will also be relevant to delegates with an interest in ethnographic and co-design approaches to research, policy and health promotion.


Jeanne Ellard | j.ellard@unsw.edu.au

Jeanne Ellard is social anthropologist and has worked in sexuality, drug use, HIV and hepatitis C research. 

Dean Murphy | Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, and the Kirby Institute, UNSW. d.murphy@unsw.edu.au

Dean Murphy has worked in research and health promotion roles, in the areas of sexuality, sexual health, gender, HIV and drug use. He currently works in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, and the Kirby Institute, UNSW. 

Loren Brener | Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW. l.brener@unsw.edu.au

Loren Brener is a social psychologist in with a background of working with marginalised communities who experience stigma and discrimination.