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.

Since 2014, the NIHR HPRU has received over £8.4 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 ongoing work include studies to assess the extent to which undisclosed and/or stigmatised risk behaviours facilitate outbreaks or sustain epidemics of sexually transmitted infections and/or blood-borne viruses, studies which aim to increase our understanding of sexual healthcare pathways for several under-served population groups (for example, gay and sexual minority groups) and to characterise blood-borne virus infections in these groups, and studies that will allow us to harness existing national datasets to support elimination strategies for blood borne viruses.

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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

Improving our understanding of the disproportionate incidence of...

Bardsley M, Wayal S, Blomquist P, Mohammed H, Mercer CH, Hughes G.

An economic evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of opt-out hepatitis...

Jack Williams, Peter Vickerman, Sam Douthwaite, Gaia Nebbia, Laura...

First-line HIV treatment outcomes following the introduction of...

El Bouzidi K, Jose S, Phillips AN, Pozniak A, Ustianowski A, Gompels...

The association between severe menopausal symptoms and engagement...

Solomon D, Sabin CA, Burns F, Gilson R, Allan S, de Ruiter A,...

Phylogenomic analysis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae transmission to assess...

Town K, Field N, Harris SR, Sánchez-Busó L, Cole MJ, Pitt R, Fifer H...

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