Dr Peter John Waring Saxton

BSocSci (dist) Waikato, MPhil (dist) Massey, PhD Otago.


Peter's research interests include:

  • HIV prevention
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Sexual orientation and health disparities

He is the inaugural New Zealand AIDS Foundation Fellow and Director of the Gay Men's Sexual Health (GMSH) research group.

Peter's interest is in preventing rather than treating disease. He has expertise in community-based action and policy reform, having worked with peer-led NGOs for over 15 years. His work is characterised by a multidisciplinary perspective, action-focused leadership, and collaborative practice between the university, NGOs and affected communities.

Research | Current

  • HIV Behavioural Surveillance programme
  • HIV Prevalence
  • HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Demonstration Project
  • Gonorrhoea Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
  • New Zealand Health Survey: Sexual and Reproductive Health Module

Postgraduate supervision

Adrian Ludlam, "HPV prevalence and vaccine awareness, acceptability and uptake in high risk men."


Australasian Sexual Health Alliance Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award 2016

Committees/Professional groups/Services

New Zealand Sexual Health Society Executive

National HIV/AIDS Forum ("Consensus Statement on Comprehensive HIV Prevention in Aotearoa/New Zealand")

New Zealand Blood Service Behavioural Donor Criteria Review Group

Body Positive Inc. Advisor

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Petousis-Harris, H., Paynter, J., Morgan, J., Saxton, P. J., McArdle, B., Goodyear-Smith, F., & Black, S. (2017). Effectiveness of a group B outer membrane vesicle meningococcal vaccine against gonorrhoea in New Zealand: a retrospective case-control study. Lancet10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31449-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Petousis-Harris, Janine Paynter, Barbara McArdle, Felicity Goodyear-Smith
  • Oliphant, J., Stewart, J., Saxton, P., Lo, M., Perkins, N., & Ward, D. (2017). Trends in genital warts diagnoses in New Zealand five years following the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine introduction. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1452), 9-16.
  • Dickson, N., Lee, B., Foster, T., & Saxton, P. J. (2015). The first 30 years of HIV in New Zealand: Review of the epidemiology. The New Zealand medical journal, 128 (1426), 31-48.
  • Saxton, P. J., Hughes, A. J., & Giola, M. (2015). HIV prevention today: with coordinated action, we can end transmission. The New Zealand medical journal, 128 (1426), 8-15.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28058
  • Ludlam, A. H., Saxton, P. J., Dickson, N. P., & Hughes, A. J. (2015). General practitioner awareness of sexual orientation among a community and internet sample of gay and bisexual men in New Zealand. Journal of primary health care, 7 (3), 204-212.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Adrian Ludlam
  • Lachowsky, N. J., Dewey, C. E., Dickson, N. P., Saxton, P. J. W., Hughes, A. J., Milhausen, R. R., & Summerlee, A. J. S. (2015). Habitual condom use across partner type and sexual position among younger gay and bisexual men: findings from New Zealand HIV behavioural surveillance 2006-2011. Sexually transmitted infections, 91 (6), 445-450. 10.1136/sextrans-2014-051759
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25771
  • Coughlan, E., Young, H., Parkes, C., Coshall, M., Dickson, N., Psutka, R., ... Adams, K. (2015). A novel response to an outbreak of infectious syphilis in Christchurch, New Zealand. Sexual health, 12 (2), 170-173. 10.1071/sh14140
  • Saxton, P. J., Morgan, J., & Ludlam, A. (2015). Time to modernise response to sexually transmitted infections. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128 (1410), 13-16. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26050
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Adrian Ludlam

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 81434

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 390
New Zealand

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