From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Representations of abortion, sexual health and blood borne viruses

The Scottish Government’s Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Framework 2011-15 was published in August 2011 and aims to reduce new STIs, BBVs and unintended pregnancies, improve the lives of those living with BBVs, reduce sexual health inequalities, and promote a positive, non-stigmatising and supportive attitude to sexual health in our society. A key element of the latter is to encourage a ‘positive portrayal of sexual health and BBV issues in the media’. This research project has been developed in conjunction with Dr Lisa McDaid (Unit’s Sexual Health Programme) and the Scottish Government’s Sexual Health and BBV Framework to provide baseline data to measure the UK and Scottish newsprint media’s portrayal of how sexual health and BBV issues are presented in the media to identify potential avenues for future HIV prevention.



Martin S, McDaid LM, Hilton S. Double-standards in reporting of risk and responsibility for sexual health: a qualitative content analysis of negatively toned UK newsprint articles. BMC Public Health 2014;14:792

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Purcell C, Hilton S, McDaid LM. The stigmatisation of abortion: a qualitative analysis of print media in Great Britain in 2010. Culture, Health & Sexuality 2014;16:1141-55

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Martin S, Hilton S, McDaid LM. United Kingdom newsprint media reporting on sexual health and blood-borne viruses in 2010. Sexual Health 2013;10:546-552

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