Garrett is a sociologist who works in both quantitative and qualitative social and behavioural research and is committed to community-based research. He mainly works in the fields of risk behaviour and sexuality. Garrett’s research interests include: HIV transmission and prevention among gay men; the roles of identity and community in understanding how individuals negotiate risk and pleasure in their lives; survey design and questionnaire development. Garrett has been actively involved in the gay community for over thirty years and has worked in gay community-based research since 1983. His first HIV-related research was in 1985. He currently leads the HIV Seroconversion Study and the Pleasure and Sexual Health (PASH) Study, and is an Investigator on the Gay Community Periodic Surveys as well as several other studies. Garrett is also associated with the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society at La Trobe University and is a member of the Board of ACON (AIDS Council of NSW).
Sexuality and sexual identity; Transmission and prevention of HIV other sexually transmissible infections; Gay men's health; Sexual behaviour. Projects include both cross-sectional surveys and cohort studies of health and behaviour, as well as interview-based qualitative studies.
Broad Research Areas:
HIV - AIDS, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Community Medicine, Population Health
BA (Hons) Sociology, PhD Sociology UNSW
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
AIDS Council of NSW Board Member, Positive Life Board Advisory Group
Specific Research Keywords:
Behaviour, Sexual Health, Sexuality, Research methods, Infectious Diseases