Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses

The Institute for Applied Health Research's Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses theme of work brings together a range of social science expertise, including from psychology, sociology, nursing and social anthropology, to examine a range of issues relating to sexual health and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. 

Research is organised around a number of themes, including: 

• HIV prevention and supporting people living with HIV;
• Technologies and sexual health;
• Sexuality in later life; and,
• Inequalities in sexual health. 

Our expertise in this area includes rigorous exploratory work for intervention development, theory-testing and advancement across a range of psychological and sociological theories, surveys and the developmental stage of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).  Our research involves collaborations with academic, NHS (e.g., with colleagues in genitourinary medicine clinics), business and third sector partners, including Terrence Higgins Trust, Gay Men’s Health, Waverley Care.

Researchers at GCU have an excellent track record in translating research into evidence-based public health policy and practice at the local, national and global level, having generated the key evidence for and supported the Scottish Government, in relation to their Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework.

Sexual health and blood borne viruses continue to be of high priority for the Scottish Government. The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework represented an ambitious vision for these key public health challenges, bringing them together for the very first time.