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.

Communicating Health Results

The Communicating Health Results study is a cross-programme collaboration between the Sexual Health programme and the Understandings and Uses of Public Health Research programme. The Gay Men's Sexual Health Survey has been conducted by SPHSU every three years since 1996. Since 2005 the survey included the collection of anonymous oral fluid to assess the prevalence of HIV and undiagnosed infection. As the biological samples are collected anonymously, the men taking part cannot receive individual feedback on their results. Participants have not been asked about these issues, but anecdotally, fieldwork staff have reported being asked questions about why participants cannot receive the results of heir oral fluid test.

There is much debate about the best way to manage health-related findings, but it is an area that has received little attention thus far. This qualitative study aims to examine gay men’s views on the issue of health-related research feedback and to identify the factors that should be taken into account in the management of feedback processes in the future. This work is ongoing and papers are currently under review.