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.

Sexual health inequalities

As with many health outcomes, sexual health is patterned by socioeconomic inequalities, with those from deprived areas often being those most at risk of negative outcomes, such as sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. Research in this theme aims to reduce inequalities that exist on the grounds of age, gender and deprivation.



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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Lorimer K, McDaid L. Young men’s views towards the barriers and facilitators of Internet-based Chlamydia trachomatis screening: a qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2013;15:e265

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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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McDaid L, Ross G, Young I. Men, deprivation and sexual health: scoping review. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Paper 22, Glasgow, 2012

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Sadler K, Wellings K, Glasier A, Mercer C, McDaid L, Brima N, Stephenson J, Buston K, Stevens M, Parker R, Copas A, McManus S. Contessa: a longitudinal study of contraception discontinuation - technical report. London, 2011


Lorimer K. Pilot qualitative analysis of the psychosocial factors which drive young people to decline chlamydia testing in the UK: implications for health promotion and screening [commentary]. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2010;21:379



Lorimer K, Reid ME, Hart G. Willingness of young men and women to be tested for Chlamydia trachomatis in three non-medical settings, in Glasgow, UK. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2009;35:21-8