Research in iCaSH - an update

POPS (Prevalence Of Prophylaxis for STIs) Study

We are currently participating in the POPS (Prevalence of Prophylaxis for STIs) Study which is being conducted by University College London (UCL) in collaboration with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections (NIHR HPRU BBSTI).  This study aims to improve understanding of the prevalence and factors associated with the use of antimicrobial agents (antibiotics and oral antiseptics) for the prevention of STIs among users of specialist sexual health services. This will inform future research and the targeting and development of interventions to improve patient and public health.

Eligible patients will be invited to take part during their routine iCaSH care and those who consent to participate will be sent an SMS link and/or QR code to a fully anonymous electronic questionnaire for them to complete.   The study is open until the end of December 2023.

NEXUS Study - Understanding syphilis transmission among heterosexuals

Our iCaSH clinics in Peterborough and Bedford are currently participating in the Nexus Study which aims to understand the risk factors, lifestyles and contexts facilitating syphilis transmission among men and women who identify as heterosexual in England.  The study is sponsored by the UKHSA, supported by the NIHR HPRU BBSTI at University College London.  We will be recruiting patients onto this trial until April 2024.

Positive Voices – National Survey of People Living with HIV 2022

iCaSH participated in this survey, providing insights into the issues that most affect the health and lives of people living with HIV who are 18 years or older and accessing care in the UK.  The study closed on 31st March 2023 and the data is currently under analysis.