Our mission

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections is led by University College London in partnership with Public Health England. The unit aims to conduct state-of-the-art research to improve the health of the population, and to help develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection.

The NIHR HPRU has received almost £3.7 million to undertake collaborative research that addresses the key health protection priorities for the prevention and control of STIs and BBVs, notably understanding risk and risk reduction, reducing the burden of under-diagnosis, and improving care and management of those diagnosed with infections. 

Examples of proposed work include assessing the feasibility of offering sexual health testing within routine general practice, and developing recommendations for care for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

A diverse team of researchers from clinical medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, qualitative science, social science, health economics, mathematical modelling and laboratory science have been brought together to create an innovative culture of working across different disease areas, populations, and institutions.

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News

World Hepatitis Day at Public Health England

8 Sep 2017

World Hepatitis Day aims to raise awareness of the global burden... Read more...

New blog from Tom Hartney, PhD student at UCL.

12 Apr 2017

We have a new blog post just published from Tom Hartney who is a... Read more...

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Publications

Ethnic variations in sexual behaviours and sexual health markers:...

Dr Sonali Wayal, Dr Gwenda Hughes, Dr Pam Sonnenberg, Dr Hamish...

Places and people: the perceptions of men who have sex with men...

Jessica Datta, David Reid, Gwenda Hughes, Catherine H Mercer, Sonali...

Impact of opioid substitution therapy on the HIV prevention benefit...

Mukandavire, Christinah; Low, Andreaa; Mburu, Gitau; Trickey, Adam;...

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Media & Events

Introduction to cost-effectiveness analysis for Infectious Diseases - 2 day short course

28 Sep 2017

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September 2017

This two... Read more...

A Five-Day Short Course on Methodological and Statistical Issues in Clinical HIV Research

17 Jul 2017

This five day workshop will be run by the HIV Epidemiology and... Read more...

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