Table 2

Behavioural surveillance data currently available from external academic and research groups,—ongoing surveillance

Name and custodianDescriptionGeographical areaPopulation coveredTime periodDemographicBehaviouralBiologicalReference
National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and lifestyles (I and II). Department of STD Royal Free and University College Medical School.A survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles in British population, using stratified probability sample of men and women aged 16–44. Interviews using CAPI and CASINationalGeneral population, 11161 surveyed2000Ethnic, socioeconomic, and demographic dataSexual behaviour and attitudes, including partner formation, sexual mixing and STI acquisitionUrine sample tested for chlamydia 13
Omnibus Study, Office for National Statistics.Multipurpose survey of population. Interviewing carried out each month; questions cover a variety of topics reflecting different users requirements. Random probability sample of 3000 private households selected monthly using postcode address file as sampling frame. Uses CAPINationalGeneral population, adults aged 16 and over1997–Age, ethnicity, residenceContraception, condom use, sexual orientation, number of sexual partners in past year, knowledge of STIs 49
Evaluation of teenage pregnancy strategy. Tracking survey. Teenage pregnancy unit. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London and BMRB Social Research.Individual based tracking survey of knowledge attitudes and behaviour, using random location sampling. Fieldwork included 200 sampling panels in England using areas with higher density of 13–44 year olds. Interviews using CAPI, and self completion for sex questionsNational12150 young people (aged 13–21) and parents of young people (aged 10–17).Oct 2000– March 2003Age, sex, socioeconomic statusKnowledge attitudes and behaviour around sex and relationships and impact of awareness of teenage pregnancy strategy’s media campaign 50
Gay Men’s Sexual Health Survey. Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Royal Free and University College Medical School.Repeated cross sectional survey to estimate prevalence of high risk sexual behaviour among homo/bisexual men in London. Sites selected to be representative of GUM clinics and commercial venues. Original sampling frame defined using a register of all known primarily gay venues in LondonInner London, Brighton and Manchester in 2000Homosexual men resident, socialising or using sexual health services in London1996–Age, ethnicity, residence, education and employment and health service use including perceived HIV status and HIV testing history.Number of sexual partners, age of first anal intercourse, age of last sex partner, condom use and HIV status of UAI partnersSaliva sample, tested for HIV, since 2000 51
Gay Men’s Sex Survey. Sigma Research.Repeated cross sectional survey of homo/bisexual men. Self completed questionnaire. Questions vary by city, but set of core questions collected through the study period. Additional recruitment has been done through HIV health promotion agencies and free gay newspaperNational (7 cities)Homo/bisexual men attending Gay Pride festivals and events1993– (excluding 1996)Age, ethnicity, education, residence, health service use including previous HIV tests, perceived HIV status and previous STIsSexual behaviour and attitudes including condom use, number of partners, serostatus of partners 54
The 4 Gym Study. Camden and Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust and The Royal Free Hospital School of MedicineRepeated cross sectional questionnaire survey of MSM attending gyms, including peer education evaluationInner LondonHomosexual men attending 5 gyms in inner London1997–Age, residence, ethnicity, educationSexual orientation, drug use, last HIV test, number of sexual partners, HIV status of partners 52
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust HospitalRepeated cross sectional questionnaire survey of all attending for HIV tests within a period of time. Investigates the sexual behaviours of those seeking HIV tests Comparison of behaviours of first testers with repeat testers.One London HIV testing clinicPopulation attending HIV testing clinic including heterosexuals and homosexuals1995−6, 1998−9, 2002–3Age, ethnicity, residence, educationNumber of sexual partners, health care use, previous HIV tests, reason for testsHIV test result 70