Sexual and Reproductive Health
Our research in this area has a strong focus on the study of risk behaviours and risk reduction practice with the aim of improving sexual health status. Much of our work is geared to the guidance and assessment of interventions aimed at preventing sexually transmitted infections and reducing unplanned conception. We have a particular interest and expertise in evaluative research, research into sensitive subjects and in the interface between research and policy. The multi-disciplinary team combines skills in epidemiology, demography, geography, health promotion, sociology, anthropology and statistics.
Sexual behaviour studies
- Collaborative work with UCL, Natcen and the CDSC on the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal 1990 and 2000).
- Examination of the reliability and validity of data collected on sexual behaviour as part of routine surveillance of HIV/AIDS and STIs
- Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (with UCL and the BMRB).
- Welsh Condom Initiative, for the Welsh Assembly
- Introduction of disinfectant tablets in British prisons in England and Wales
- Media representation of sexual health issues
Sexual health services
- Development of sexual health communication tool for use in General Practice
- Public and professional attitudes towards long-term contraception
- Development of a validated measure of unplanned pregnancy
- Investigation of young people's satisfaction with sexual health services.
- Comparison of methods of delivery of Emergency Contraception