The Sexual Health Program leads and participates in research into the epidemiology, surveillance, microbiology, clinical management, and prevention of sexually transmissible infections (STIs); including – but not limited to - chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, human papillomavirus infection, herpes simplex virus infection, and HIV infection. Our program is also involved in research into the behaviour and sexual health of priority populations for STI control such as youth, gay men, sex workers, Aboriginal people, prisoners, and travelers.
The Sexual Health Program works closely with several other Programs within the Kirby Institute. The Program also enjoys collaborating with a national network of 25 specialist sexual health services; research laboratories in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and PNG; the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne; the Burnet Institute in Melbourne; and the Menzies School of Health Research.
Methodologies used in the Program’s research range from descriptive epidemiology with novel analytical techniques, molecular epidemiology, enhanced surveillance strategies, data linkage studies, social and behavioural research, test evaluations, detecting antimicrobial resistance, evaluating and improving health care delivery, legal and policy research, anthropology, and biomedical prevention.