The Sexual Health Research Network blog is managed by staff at Glasgow Caledonian University and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. Blog posts are written by GCU and MRC staff along with network members and selected external contributors.
It’s not just young people who have sex; we know from studies that older adults have sex too. But do we know enough about how they understand risks? We spoke to older adults to ask them about their understandings and negotiations of ‘risks’ for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It became clear that ideas about ‘risk’ depended on a range of what we call psycho-social factors – those related t... »
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Cicely Marston, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine There were media reports this week that viewing “soft core” pornographic images causes harm to young people. But the evidence presented simply does not support these claims. A tiny, unpublished study asking undergraduates about their recollec... »
Cicely Marston, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Are we facing an epidemic of harmful anal sex, brought on only because of the availability of online porn? This is what you’d think from reading a recent policy note from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in support of the government’s aim to require all pornographic websites to use age verification by default. But this sugg... »
The HIV Response Cuts Across Borders Aidan Collins, Head of Policy and Campaigning, HIV Scotland In this blog post, Aidan writes about the importance of working across borders when it comes to developing an effective HIV response, offering some key insights drawn from the Scottish context but highlighting why we should not lose sight of the global dynamic of the HIV response, and the importance o... »
Media representations of sexual health It is my pleasure to introduce this special blog piece on media representations of sexual health. In this special blog, three Network members have written from their own experiences and perspectives. Kirstin Mitchell writes about sexual function, Sharron Hinchliff about sex among older adults, and Martin Holt reflects on media coverage of gay men, sex, drugs ... »