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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Sexual Health

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Project on after care of sexual violence and funded jointly by STIRF and UHB Charity is published

16th September 2019

Measuring patient experience and outcome in health care settings on receiving care after sexual violence: a systematic review Project number: 035 This project was completed in March 2018. The aim was to identify key themes regarded by patients as priorities for delivering a high-quality service for individuals who have experienced… Read more

STIRIG: Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Interest Group

9th February 2019

Visit STIRIG: if you are interested in current research going on in sexually transmitted infections. SITRIG is part of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. LSHTM is a world-leader for STI research, and is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections. STIRIG aim to: Raise awareness of STI-related… Read more