What we will fund

We are actively canvasing for research in a number of fields which we feel are in need of further research. We would also want to encourage young researchers to try out their ideas before going to large funding bodies. > Read More

Research Portfolio

STIRF has funded a number of successful research projects that have been presented in prestigious national and international meetings and published in reputable international scientific journals. > Read More

Useful Links

Useful websites providing reliable and accurate information of issues relating to sexual health and HIV. > Read More

What we are about

There are many areas of knowledge that will help the sexual wellbeing of individuals that are waiting to be explored.

STIRF aims to kickstart funding to young researchers asking the right questions.

Sexual health is important for healthy living

It affects everyone but comparatively little is spent on research. Sexual health isn’t just about treatable infections like Chlamydia and… but viruses that can cause cancer of the cervix and throat, and others that cause liver failure, and HIV which destroys the body’s entire defence mechanism.

Funding high quality research

There are huge areas of knowledge that will help the sexual wellbeing of individuals, directly or indirectly, that are waiting to be explored. Our aim is to provide funding to kickstart that research.

Links providing reliable and accurate info on issues relating to sexual health


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Herpes & other viruses

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Understanding the Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Pusiga in the Upper East Region of Ghana

10th December 2022

Authors: Ocran BE, Atiigah GA Journal: Social Sciences , 11 (11), 526. Date published: November 2022 This interesting paper assesses the factors accounting for the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Pusiga, Ghana (3.8% nationally and 27.8% in Pusiga) and articulates lessons for designing health promotion interventions. The study uses an insider-outsider… Read more

Published project 2022: Chemsex, HIV, mental health and other health outcomes

19th October 2022

Project title: Chem-sex, HIV, mental health and other health outcomes amongst gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM): a longitudinal qualitative interview project. STIRF 032 Aims: The key aim of this study was to explore how chemsex (the use of drugs such as methamphetamine, GBL, ketamine… Read more