My podcasts on various topics of sexual health

I initially started a podcast series on the Sexual Health Research Network as I wanted to learn new skills…well that and I really enjoy talking to people (I am mostly a qualitative research!)

  • Podcast 01: Mark Davis on technologies and sexual health

Podcast 02: Rosie Webster on technologies and condom use

Podcast 03: Jamie Frankis on social and sexual media and MSM

Podcast 04: Kirstin Mitchell on sexual function, from Natsal-3 data

Podcast 05: Marina Daskalopoulou on ‘chemsex’

Podcast 06: David Stuart on ‘chemsex’

Podcast 07: Aiden Collins on HIV self-testing

Podcast 08: Martin Holt on recreational drug use among people living with HIV

Podcast 09: Adam Bourne on recreational drug use and MSM

Podcast 10: Ingrid Young on treatment as prevention in relation to HIV

Podcast 11: Sarah Woodhall of Public Health England, on chlamydia screening and testing

Podcast 12: Louise Jackson on quality of life outcomes for women testing for STIs

Podcast 13: Jenny Dalrymple on older adults and STIs

Podcast 14: Nicola Boydell on gay and bisexual men’s personal communities

Podcast 15: Britta Wigginton on women’s changes in contraception

Podcast 16: Rebecca MacGilleEathain on young people’s sex education experiences and sexual health knowledge

Podcast 17: Rachael Eastham on women and contraception

Podcast 18: Carrie Purcell on abortion (Scotland)

Podcast 19: Lesley Hoggart on abortion (England)

Podcast 20: Fiona Bloomer on abortion (Northern Ireland)

Podcast 21: Rak Nandwani on PrEP (with a little on the Scottish context)

Podcast 22: John Saunders on PrEP (and England)

Podcast 23: Kelsey Smith on HIV and stigma

Podcast 24: Katrina Roen on diverse sex development

Podcast 25: Adam Jones and Zoe Cousins

Podcast 26: Janey Sewell on ‘chemsex’ and HIV among HIV negative MSM

Podcast 27: Tom Nadarzynski on digital sexual health

Podcast 28: Tristan Barber on frailty and HIV

Measuring patient experience and outcome in health care settings on receiving care after sexual violence: a systematic review

Measuring patient experience and outcome in health care settings on receiving care after sexual violence: a systematic review

PI: Dr Rachel Caswell (University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust)
CI: Dr Karen Lorimer, GCU; Prof Jonathan Ross (University Hospitals Birmingham NHS)
Funding: Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Foundation

The objectives of this review are

– to determine how patient reported outcomes measures (PROMS) and experiences (PREMS) have previously been defined and measured for men and women attending health care settings after experiencing sexual violence.
– to identify whether a “gold standard” measure of PROMS and PREMS exists for this group of patients, and if so how has it been defined in terms of reliability (are the results reproducible and consistent), validity (has an assessment been made of what patients consider to be important measures of quality and are they accurately evaluated), acceptability and feasibility;
– to identify key themes regarded by patients as priorities for delivering a high-quality service for individuals who have experienced sexual violence


MacDonald, J., Lorimer, K., Knussen, C., & Flowers, P. (In Press). Interventions to increase condom use among middle-aged and older adults: A systematic review of theoretical bases, behaviour change techniques, modes of delivery, and treatment fidelity. Journal of Health Psychology.

Davis, M., Flowers, P., Lorimer, K., Oakland, J., & Frankis, J. (In Press). Location, safety and (non) strangers in gay men͛s narratives on hook-up apps. Sexualities.

Lorimer K, Babchishin K. Diverting tampon taxes will not solve the issue of violence against women. BMJ 2016;354

Frankis, J. S., I. Young, K. Lorimer, M. Davis and P. Flowers (2016). “Towards preparedness for PrEP: PrEP awareness and acceptability among MSM at high risk of HIV transmission who use sociosexual media in four Celtic nations: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland: an online survey.” Sexually Transmitted Infections 92(4): 279-285.

Lorimer K, Flowers P, Davis M, Frankis J. Young men who have sex with men’s use of social and sexual media and sex-risk associations: cross-sectional, online survey across four countries. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2016;92: 371-6

McAloney-Kocaman, K., K. Lorimer, P. Flowers, M. Davis, C. Knussen and J. Frankis (2016). “Sexual identities and sexual health within the Celtic nations: An exploratory study of men who have sex with men recruited through social media.” Global Public Health 11(7-8): 1049-1059.


Pandor, A., E. Kaltenthaler, A. Higgins, K. Lorimer, S. Smith, K. Wylie and R. Wong (2015). “Sexual health risk reduction interventions for people with severe mental illness: a systematic review.” BMC Public Health 15(138).

MacDonald, J., K. Lorimer, C. Knussen and P. Flowers (2015). “Interventions to increase condom use among middle-aged and older adults: A systematic review of theoretical bases, behaviour change techniques, modes of delivery and treatment fidelity.” J Health Psychol.

Lorgelly, P. K., K. Lorimer, E. A. Fenwick, A. H. Briggs and P. Anand (2015). “Operationalising the capability approach as an outcome measure in public health: The development of the OCAP-18.” Soc Sci Med 142: 68-81.

Donald, G., M. Lawrence, K. Lorimer, J. Stringer and P. Flowers (2015). “The meaning and perceived value of mind-body practices for people living with HIV: a qualitative synthesis.” Journal of the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care. 26 660-672.


DeMaSH project

Deprivation, Masculinities and Sexual Health

PI: Dr Karen Lorimer
CIs: Prof Kate Hunt, Prof Lesley McMillan, Prof Lisa McDaid, Dona Milne, Rosie Ilett
Funder: Chief Scientist Office (CZH/4/925)

This ambitious qualitative study, funded by the CSO, recruited 116 men and women aged 18-40 years, from areas of high socio-economic deprivation across Scotland, to 18 focus groups and 35 individual interviews. The project explored an array of sexual health understandings and behaviours via a masculinities framework, to explore how we might better develop interventions to tackle poor sexual health outcomes. We embraced the WHO holistic definition of sexual health, which goes beyond ‘bugs and babies’ to include freedom from coercion and violence.  So, in this project we explored with men and women their understandings of various forms of gender-based violence.

here is the summary on the CSO website

Lorimer, K., L. McMillan, L. McDaid, D. Milne, S. Russell and K. Hunt (2018). “Exploring masculinities, sexual health and wellbeing across areas of high deprivation in Scotland: the depth of the challenge to improve understandings and practices.” Health and Place, Vol50. Open access

McDaid, L., K. Hunt, L. McMillan, S. Russell, D. Milne, R. Ilett and K. Lorimer (2019). “Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland: qualitative study.” BMC Public Health 19(1): 299.

2014 and earlier

Lorimer, K., S. Martin and L. McDaid (2014). “The views of general practitioners and practice nurses towards the barriers and facilitators of proactive, internet-based chlamydia screening for reaching young heterosexual men.” BMC Family Practice 15(1): 127.

McDaid, L. and K. Lorimer (2013). “P5. 044 A Proactive Approach to Online Chlamydia Screening: Qualitative Exploration of Young Men’s Perspectives of the Barriers and Facilitators.” Sexually Transmitted Infections 89(Suppl 1): A348-A348.

Lorimer, K. and L. McDaid (2013). “Young Men’s Views Toward the Barriers and Facilitators of Internet-Based Chlamydia Trachomatis Screening: Qualitative Study.” Journal of Medical Internet Research 15(12).

Lorimer, K., L. Kidd, M. Lawrence, K. McPherson, S. Cayless and F. Cornish (2013). “Systematic review of reviews of behavioural HIV prevention interventions among men who have sex with men.” AIDS Care 25(2): 133-150.

Gray, C., K. Hunt, K. Lorimer, A. Anderson, M. Benzeval and S. Wyke (2012). “(letter) My choice of words:  Words and context matter.” BMJ 344(e1370).

Reid, M., K. Lorimer, J. E. Norman, S. S. Bollapragada and J. Norrie (2011). “The home as an appropriate setting for women undertaking cervical ripening before the induction of labour.” Midwifery 27(1): 30-35.

Lorimer, K., L. Kidd, M. Lawrence, K. McPherson, S. Cayless and F. Cornish (2011). “Evidence of effectiveness of behavioural interventions to reduce transmission among men who have sex with men:  a review of review-level evidence (abstract).” The Journal of Sexual Medicine 8(Suppl 3): 84-299.

Lorimer, K., C. Gray, K. Hunt, S. Wyke, A. Anderson and M. Benzeval (2011). “Response to written feedback of clinical data within a longitudinal study: a qualitative study exploring the ethical implications.” BMC Medical Research Methodology 11(1): 10.

Gray, C., K. Hunt, K. Lorimer, A. Anderson, M. Benzeval and S. Wyke (2011). “Words matter: a qualitative investigation of which weight status terms are acceptable and motivate weight loss when used by health professionals?” BMC Public Health 11(1): 513.

Lorimer, K. and G. Hart (2010). “Knowledge of Chlamydia trachomatis among men and women approached to participate in community-based screening, Scotland, UK.” BMC Public Health 10(1): 794.

Lorimer, K. (2010). “Pilot qualitative analysis of the psychosocial factors which drive young people to decline chlamydia testing in the UK: implications for health promotion and screening (e-letter).” Int J STD AIDS 21(5): 379-a-.

Lorimer, K., M. Reid and G. Hart (2009). “” It has to speak to people’s everyday life…”: qualitative study of men and women’s willingness to participate in a non-medical approach to Chlamydia trachomatis screening.” Sexually Transmitted Infections 85(3): 201.

Lorimer, K., M. Reid and G. Hart (2009). “Willingness of young men and women to be tested for Chlamydia trachomatis in three non-medical settings in Glasgow, UK.” Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 35(1): 21-26.