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High-risk sexual behaviour among HIV–negative MSM in England: behavioural data to inform HIV prevention

Desai, Sarika Rajendra; (2019) High-risk sexual behaviour among HIV–negative MSM in England: behavioural data to inform HIV prevention. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis would not have been possible without Fiona Burns and Anthony Nardone, my two main supervisors. They have been there every step of the way, always patient and always ready to read another draft of the thesis chapters. I have learnt so much from them. They have contributed hours of reading and somehow managed to always come back with constructive and supportive feedback. I also cannot thank them enough for their moral support. They have understood the challenges associated with meeting the demands of the PhD and raising a young family and have helped me get through those moments where it all felt too challenging. I would also like to thank Graham Hart and Noel Gill, my other supervisors. They have both been there to ask the right questions including the “so what?” question, to challenge me and ensure the PhD was on the right track. Their combined guidance and oversight has been invaluable to this thesis. It has been a pleasure to work with them. I would like to thank all of my collaborators and colleagues for their insights and contributions over the years. It has been my privilege to work with all these individuals and teams both within UCL and Public Health England but also those beyond. The HIV team have been patient with my part-time working arrangements while the GUMCAD team have had to endure endless questions about the surveillance system. I also want to thank those who participated in the behavioural study. It was not an easy endeavour but thank you for being enthusiastic and persevering. Special thanks go to Menelaos Pavlou for his support and patience with all my questions about risk predictions models. Thanks also go to Carina and Maryam for the joint efforts in the SANTE project and to Maryam for sharing her knowledge of the viva. It has also been a pleasure to share the PhD journey with Sarah, Ellie, Ibi, Jess, Vicky, Meaghan, Sara, Adamma and David. Your inputs and support have enriched my PhD experience! Thank you. I would like to thank my family and friends who have been brilliant with their encouragements, and sometimes much required pep talks. I especially want to thank my family for being there and ungrudgingly providing child care when the PhD took over my life. And finally, to Anil: you have been unwavering, patient and supportive beyond what words can describe. Thank you for taking charge at bath- and bedtimes and keeping me supplied with food and drink. I am grateful (and probably quite a lucky girl!) that you have been by my side through this journey.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: High-risk sexual behaviour among HIV–negative MSM in England: behavioural data to inform HIV prevention
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066380
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