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Dr Tom Witney
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  • Research Fellow
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am a qualitative health researcher, with a particular interest in sexual health and relationship intimacy.

I completed PhD research at The Open University into the lived experiences of men in same-sex serodiscordant relationships, supervised by Professor Jacqui Gabb and Dr Peter Keogh. Following this, I undertook a postdoctoral position to support research communication and knowledge exchange activities across the faculty of Wellbeing Education and Language Studies, also at The Open University. In addition to this, I supported the qualitative arm of a mixed-methods evaluation of the relationship support app, Paired.

My PhD project examined the experiences of gay/bisexual men in serodiscordant relationships (where one partner is HIV positive and the other HIV negative) in an era in which antiretroviral treatments for HIV have been shown to substantially mitigate the risk of sexual HIV transmission. It used qualitative methods to generate data on participants’ experiences of serodiscordancy and the practices they use to sustain their relationship. In adopting this approach, I aim to provide a social scientific account of how a biomedical advance influences – and in turn is influenced by – individual social worlds.

Prior to embarking on this research, I completed masters courses in Health Psychology (City University London) and Science Communication (Imperial College London). I am interested in creative approaches to communicating research.

My PhD research formed the basis of an animation developed by OpenLearn: Time to look again at HIV and relationships and I have been awarded a UCL Beacon Bursary to explore these findings further with people living with HIV and their partners.

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I am currently working as a Research Fellow at the department of Primary Care and Population Health, focusing on improving access to sexual health for trans and gender diverse people and supporting uptake of chlamydia retesting following a diagnosis.

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  PhD   The Open University
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