Philippe Adam

Health Narratives


Philippe Adam


University of New South Wales


Philippe CG Adam, PhD, is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr Adam graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and received his doctorate in sociology of health, illness and medicine from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Philippe’s research spans the fields of public health, sociology, social psychology, sexology and health promotion. His interest and research lies in understanding the social patterning of sexuality, health and sexual risk-taking and in developing theory-driven health promotion interventions. He has authored papers in highly-ranked international journals including the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, HIV Medicine and Archives of Sexual Behaviour. He has also written book chapters and contributed to prestigious encyclopaedias including the Encyclopedia of Human Behaviour. He is also the author of a popular handbook on sociology of illness and medicine that has been published in five languages.


In Australia, Europe and Asia , Philippe has led large scale studies on sexuality and health among young people, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID) as well as research on cyber chatting, unwanted sex, sexual coercion and HIV-stigma. He has also produced knowledge regarding the situation and health prevention needs of MSM and PWID in large numbers of low-and-middle income countries. His recent research offers a novel approach to sexuality and risk; notably in describing and explaining how people balance risk and pleasure, what makes them resist the temptation of having unprotected sex or lose control over their behaviours in the heat of the moment. Hi research offers new insight into the unique dynamics of online dating and their consequences in real life. Philippe’s research also seeks to understand key individual and social barriers to uptake of HIV prevention, HIV/STI testing and antiretroviral treatment that can be addressed by programs. Using novel online technologies, Philippe is developing smart, self-regulatory interventions to reduce risk-taking and promote healthy life choices. His work uniquely bridges the gap between research and prevention practice. Philippe has been an advisor to several international bodies such as UNAIDS and Aids Action Europe as well as governments and NGOs in several countries. He is an internationally recognized leader in the global fight against HIV.


sexuality, sexual health, HIV, STI, health behaviour, health communication, intervention, internet

Key publications

De Wit, J.B.F., & Adam, P.C.G. (2014). Revolution or evolution? What can approaches based on the use of antiretroviral drugs contribute to HIV prevention in gay communities in high-income countries? In L. A. Eaton & S. C. Kalichman (Eds.) Biomedical Advances in HIV prevention. Social and Behavioral Perspectives (pp. 181-–204), New York: Springer.

Hald, G.M., Kuyper, L., Adam, P. & de Wit, J. (2013). Does viewing explain doing? Assessing the association between sexually explicit materials use and sexual behaviors in a large sample of Dutch adolescents and young adults. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10, 2986-2995.

Kuyper, L., de Wit, J., Smolenski, D., Adam, P., Woertman, L., & van Berlo, W. (2013). Gender differences in patterns of experienced sexual coercion and associated vulnerability factors among young people in The Netherlands. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 28, 3148–3169.

Kuyper, L., de Wit, J., Adam, P., & Woertman, L. (2012). Doing more good than harm? The effects of participation in sex research on young people in the Netherlands. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 497-506.

Adam, P.C.G., Murphy, D.A., & de Wit, J.B.F. (2011). When do online sexual fantasies become reality? The contribution of erotic chatting via the Internet to sexual risk-taking in gay and other men who have sex with men. Health Education Research, 26, 506-515.