About the Study

This research explores the acceptability of using biomedical interventions for HIV prevention in Scotland. The main aim of the research is to establish if and how new uses of ARVs might be integrated into how individuals manage risk of HIV transmission and into HIV prevention interventions.

Key research questions include:

  • How do people understand and manage risk of HIV transmission?
  • How do people understand and manage the biomedical (ARVs/treatment) in response to risk of HIV transmission?
  • How might new uses of ARVs work in combination with and/or affect how people currently manage risk of HIV transmission?
  • What are the implications of these biomedical interventions for HIV prevention and how they might work in combination with behavioural interventions?
  • How might knowledge gained from this study be incorporated into practice?
  • What ethical issues do these new interventions raise and how can they be addressed?

The study took place in two phases. Recently completed Phase One (August - November 2012) involved focus groups in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire and the Borders. Phase Two (Februrary - September 2013) involved in-depth interviews with HIV positive and HIV negative/undisclosed individuals across Scotland. Analysis and write up of the findings is currently underway. See our project documents page for more information.

Research Funding

The study is funded by the Medical Research Council. Dr. Ingrid Young, a researcher at the MRC, is running this study. Ingrid is based in the Sexual Health Programme at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. Throughout this research, Ingrid will be working with Dr. Lisa McDaid, Programme Leader for Sexual Health with the MRC, and Professor Paul Flowers at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Research Advisory Group

The study advisory group that is made up of:

  • David Bingham, Senior Health Promotion Specialist, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland
  • Dr. Dan Clutterbuck, Consultant in Genitourinary & HIV Medicine, NHS Lothian, Lead Clinician Sexual Health, NHS Borders
  • Professor Paul Flowers, Professor of Sexual Health and Psychology, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonia University
  • Bruce Fraser, Chief Executive, Gay Men’s Health
  • Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, School of Life & Medical Sciences, University College London
  • Dr. Rachel McAdams, Senior Health Improvement Officer, Sexual Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Dr. Andrew Winter, Consultant in Sexual Health & HIV Medicine, Joint Clinical Director, Sandyford, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Mildred Zimunya, African Health Project, Waverly Care