Infection

Diseases caused by pathogens, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, sexually transmitted infections and studies of infection and infectious agents

Infection should be used for all research on pathogens and diseases caused by infection. These studies should be coded as 100% Infection and should not also be coded to the target disease site eg infection by malaria parasite should be coded as 100% Infection and not Blood and respiratory infections should be coded as 100% Infection and not Respiratory

Studies of the downstream consequences of infection may also be coded to the disease site eg surgery on diseased liver from Hepatitis C infection can be coded as 50% Infection and 50% Oral and Gastrointestinal.

General studies on sexual health should be coded as 50% Infection and 50% Reproduction.

Studies of cancer causing pathogens should be coded 50% Cancer 50% Infection.

Sepsis should be coded 50% Infection and 50% Inflammatory and Immune.

Excludes natural tolerance and immunity to infections which is coded as Inflammatory and Immune System.

Excludes TSEs, CJD and prion studies which should be coded as Neurological regardless of whether the study is investigating transmission or mechanism of disease.