Sexuality and Health

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The Wellcome Trust in London is funding researchers at ten locations to study the diverse ways that sexuality plays a role in health. In a press release dated August 4, the Trust notes:

Sexuality is an often wilfully overlooked or under-researched area in relation to health, and yet it is a human experience that exerts a powerful influence on mental and physical health. 

Sexuality can affect health-related needs and behaviours, and how individuals and communities are treated by healthcare professionals and by health policies at local, national and international levels. 

We believe that humanities and social science disciplines can contribute crucial insights about sexuality and health, and that’s why we decided it should be the theme for our most recent round of Seed Awards funding. 

Topics include:

  • Pharmacosexuality: the past, present and future of sex on drugs
  • Using new evidence synthesis techniques to explore health and care inequalities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
  • The impact of family relationships on LGBQ youth mental health and wellbeing
  • A pilot study of contemporary notions of sexuality and sexual health in post-colonial South Africa
  • Normative female sexuality and abortion stigma: a feasibility study using qualitative secondary analysis
  • Feeling sexual inside and out: bodies and boundaries in forensic mental health
  • Investigating mediated sex and young peoples’ health and wellbeing
  • Out on the pitch: sexuality and mental health in men’s and women’s sport, 1970-present
  • Hidden from history? The psychiatric treatment of lesbian, bisexual and gender non-conforming women 1952-1990
  • Sex, drugs and activism: negotiating biological citizenship and pharmaceutical prevention

Learn more about these topics.

10 New Projects Exploring How Sexuality Affects Health.




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