The Humsafar Trust (HST) Research has played an important role in informing, designing and guiding interventions pertaining to the HIV related risk behaviors of men having sex with men (MSM). Research studies as an integral part of an intervention were in-built into the programs of the HST.

In the field of Social Development, HST has carved its’ niche by extensively studying and linking the clinical data to behavioral data to inform more about the progression of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among MSM. Mental health issues of MSM are extremely important but rarely addressed.

In 2006, the organization initiated a research study on mental health of MSM. Strategic alliance with the Sion Hospital and Medical College has just not resulted into exemplary public-NGO partnership, but also facilitated analysis and usage of epidemiological and clinical data for the benefit of larger spectrum of MSM.

HST is the first community based organization that set up its own Institutional Review Board in 2006 with National Institute of Health (NIH) with Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) certification in place.

Research Projects

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Fostering Resilience

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Bisexual Men

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Vaccine Trial Preparedness

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Stigma_MSM and TgHijras

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KABP Study

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Male Sex Workers Study

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Research Papers

Before 2010

  • A research project to study and describe the social and sexual networks of MSM and Tgs in India. This study was carried out in 5 states and 8 cities and presented to government of India supported by DFID PMO
  • A research project to study the dynamics of MSM in Maharashtra State. The study was carried out in two cities and supported by USAID-Avert Society
  • A research project in collaboration with Fenway Community Health (Boston) to study the mental health issues of MSM in Mumbai Metro
  • Setting up of Humsafar Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approving all research projects.The IRB is registered with NIH and has Federal Wide Assurance Certificate


  • A research project with Married MSM supported by NIH in collaboration with Fenway community health, Boston
  • A research project to look into HPV prevalence among MSM supported by NIH in collaboration with UCSF.
  • A research project to look into STI treatment compliance among MSM supported by BMGF and FHI
  • Tracking study of Humsafar, 6th follow up study on its baseline study of 2000
  • Developing health messages in collaboration with University of Illinois, Chicago


  • A study to understand vaccine preparedness in India supported by CIHR