Welcome to HIV & the Biomedical

Recent clinical drugs trials have shown how anti-retrovirals (ARVS), the medication currently used to manage HIV, can be used in new ways can help prevent the transmission of HIV. This study explores how acceptable these potential new HIV prevention options are to people living in Scotland who are most affected by HIV. This includes men who are gay, bisexual and/or who have sex with other men, and women and men from African communities living in Scotland.

This qualitative study took place in two phases, involving focus groups and in-depth interviews. For more information on the project design, findings and research partners, go to the About page.

Project News


Listen to Ingrid talking about PrEP and TasP in her new podcast on the sexual health research network.


We have two new publications! Our paper on the the acceptability of PrEP is out now in the BMJ Open and our paper on the acceptability of TasP is out now in BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections


Ingrid has presented findings from this research at a number of national and international conferences. Most recently, Ingrid presented findings at Gaycon 2014 and at the British Columbia Gay Men's Health Summit in Vancouver, Canada. 


Our poster at the joint British HIV Association (BHIVA) and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) Annual Spring Conference in Liverpool (April 2014) was awarded a commended poster presentation prize and was one of 6 to be presented orally on the final day of the conference. 


See our project documents page for further details of presentations and publications from this project.

You can follow all the work of the MRC/CSO SPHSU sexual health programme, including news on this study, via twitter.