Sigma Research

HIV and biomedical prevention in the UK: re-framing the social science agenda

Duration: October 2012 - December 2012

In December 2012, we co-hosted a workshop event at LSHTM with the University of Greenwich, bringing together just under 40 medical sociologists and other social scientists to discuss the ways in which new HIV prevention technologies are shaping HIV prevention research. The event was made possible through funding provided by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

The social aspects of a range of new prevention options were discussed, including: the use of antiretroviral treatments in pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis among those without diagnosed HIV, topical microbicides, and earlier treatment for people with diagnosed HIV to reduce infectiousness. The highly interactive format was designed in such a way to bring together emerging social science thinking and scholarship in this area, identify priorities for a social research agenda on new prevention technologies, and promote collaborative working in this area.

The event was structured around a discussion paper available here. The intention is for this paper to be revised in light of the conversations that unfolded during the event, and published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The morning session included:

In the afternoon, six working groups each focused on a theme from the discussion paper. Each working group emerged with a range of topic ideas and plans for a way forward with regard to their theme.

Watch and listen to the morning session here.
Watch and listen to the afternoon session here.


Key contact: Catherine Dodds