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.

HIV prevention and vulnerable populations

In the UK, men who have sex with men and people from areas of high HIV prevalence, especially sub-Saharan Africa, are at particular risk of HIV. This theme builds on core elements of our past work, including long standing projects such as the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Survey, while investigating new areas of concern such as the development of biomedical interventions to prevent HIV transmission.

Publications

2015

Young I, Flowers P, McDaid L. Key factors in the acceptability of Treatment as Prevention (TasP) in Scotland: a qualitative study with communities affected by HIV. BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections 2015;91:269-74

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2014

Knussen C, Flowers P, McDaid L. Factors associated with recency of HIV testing amongst men residing in Scotland who have sex with men. AIDS Care 2014;26:297-303

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Li J, McDaid L. Alcohol and drug use during unprotected anal intercourse among gay and bisexual men in Scotland: what are the implications for HIV prevention?. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2014;90:125-132

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Young I, Flowers P, McDaid L. Barriers to uptake and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) amongst communities most affected by HIV in the UK: findings from a qualitative study in Scotland. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005717

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Young I, McDaid L. How acceptable are antiretrovirals for the prevention of sexually transmitted HIV? A review of research on the acceptability of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention. AIDS & Behavior 2014;18:195-216

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2013

Flowers P, Knussen C, McDaid L. Has testing been normalized? An analysis of changes in barriers to HIV testing among men who have sex with men between 2000 and 2010 in Scotland, UK. HIV Medicine 2013;14:92-8

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Flowers P, McDaid LM, Knussen C. Exposure and impact of a mass media campaign targeting sexual health amongst Scottish men who have sex with men: an outcome evaluation. BMC Public Health 2013;13:737

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McDaid LM, Li J, Knussen C, Flowers P. Sexually transmitted infection testing and self-reported diagnoses among a community sample of men who have sex with men in Scotland. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2013;89:223-230

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Young I, Li J, McDaid L. Awareness and willingness to use HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis amongst gay and bisexual men in Scotland: implications for biomedical HIV prevention. PLoS One 2013;8:e64038

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2012

Flowers P, Knussen C, Li J, McDaid L M. Make Your Position Clear: report 2. Glasgow, 2012

McDaid LM, Hart GJ. Serosorting and strategic positioning during unprotected anal intercourse: are risk reduction strategies being employed by gay and bisexual men in Scotland?. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2012;39:735-738

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McDaid LM, Hart GJ. Willingness to participate in future HIV prevention studies among gay and bisexual men in Scotland, UK: a challenge for intervention trials. AIDS & Behavior 2012;16:1420-1429

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2011

Boydell-Wright N. 'On Scene’- a qualitative study exploring gay ‘scene’ and ‘scene space' [MSc], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2011.

Flowers P, Knussen C, McDaid L. The impact of Make Your Position Clear (MYPC) campaign on gay and bisexual men’s sexual health and behaviour in the West of Scotland: a scene-based outcome evaluation. Glasgow, 2011

Knussen C, Flowers P, McDaid L M, Hart GJ. HIV-related sexual risk behaviour between 1996 and 2008, according to age, among men who have sex with men (Scotland). Sexually Transmitted Infections 2011;87:257-9

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McDaid LM, Hart G. Increased HIV testing and reduced undiagnosed infection among gay men in Scotland, 2005-2008: support for the opt-out testing policy?. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2011;87:221-4

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2010

McDaid L M, Weiss H A, Hart G. Circumcision among men who have sex with men in Scotland: Limited potential for HIV prevention. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2010;86:404-6

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McDaid LM, Hart GJ. Contact with HIV prevention services highest in gay and bisexual men at greatest risk: cross-sectional survey in Scotland. BMC Public Health 2010;10:798

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McDaid LM, Hart GJ. Sexual risk behaviour for transmission of HIV in men who have sex with men: recent findings and potential interventions . Current Opinion in HIV/AIDS 2010;5:311-5

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2009

Williamson LM, Flowers P, Knussen C, Hart GJ. HIV testing trends among gay men in Scotland (1996-2005): implications for HIV testing policies and prevention. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2009;85:550-4

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2008

Williamson LM, Dodds JP, Mercey DE, Hart GJ, Johnson AM. Sexual risk behaviour and knowledge of HIV status among community samples of gay men in the UK. AIDS 2008;22:1063-70

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2007

Williamson LM, Hart GJ. HIV prevalence and undiagnosed infection among a community sample of gay men in Scotland, UK. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 2007;45:224-230

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2006

Williamson LM, Dodds JP, Mercey JE, Johnson AM, Hart GJ. Increases in HIV-related sexual risk behaviour among community samples of gay men in London and Glasgow: how do they compare?. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 2006;42:238-41

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2005

Hart GJ, Williamson L M. Increase in HIV sexual risk behaviour in gay men in Scotland, 1996-2002: prevention failure?. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2005;81:367-72

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2004

Hart GJ, Williamson LM, Flowers P. Good in parts: the Gay Men’s Task Force in Glasgow – a response to Kelly. AIDS Care 2004;16:159-165

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Williamson LM, Hart GJ. HIV optimism does not explain increases in high-risk sexual behaviour among gay men in Scotland. AIDS 2004;18:834-835

2002

Elford J, Hart G, Sherr L, Williamson LM, Bolding G. Peer led HIV prevention among gay men in Britain: expanding the evidence base [editorial]. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2002;78:158-159

Flowers P, Hart G, Williamson L, Frankis J, Der G. Does bar-based, peer-led sexual health promotion have a community-level effect amongst gay men in Scotland?. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2002;13:102-108

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Hart G, Williamson L, Flowers P, Frankis J, Der G. Gay men's HIV testing behaviour in Scotland. AIDS Care 2002;14:665-674

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2001

Williamson LM, Hart GJ, Flowers P, Frankis J, Der G. The Gay Men's Task Force: the impact of peer education on the sexual health behaviour of homosexual men in Glasgow. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2001;77:427-432